Definition of Magdala red in US English:

Magdala red


  • A red aniline dye.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Hunt (1807–1887), chemist and photographer. From Magdala, the name of a town (now called Āmba Maryam) in Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia), the site of the battle in 1868 in which the British general, Robert Napier, defeated the Emperor Tewodros II + red.


Magdala red

/ˈmaɡdələ ˈrɛd/