One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-quality grade of madder as sold in powdered form; madder of this grade (also "gamene madder").
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Ralph Thoresby (1658–1725), antiquary and topographer. From Dutch gemeen common, borrowed in specific use in the context of trade.
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