Years went on, and men clad in skins, and dyed blue with woad, came from the shores of Gaul.
On her right, warriors, long-haired, mustached and painted with woad.
It is not so liable to get out of order as the woad (p. 145) vat, and in consequence is much more easily managed.
It was also held to be good in many places for madder, hops, and woad.
Since then woad has been little used except as a fermenting agent for the Indigo vat.
The ardent advocates of its azure rival, woad, struggled long before they would allow its adoption.
The chief Trade of this Town is in woad, of which they have three sorts.
In the fairies who dress in green may we not have a tradition of people who stained themselves with woad or some other plant?
The same "woad" which was used by the Britons to paint themselves with.
woad is a cruciferous plant, Isatis tinctoria, used for dyeing.
Old English wad, from Proto-Germanic *waido- (cf. Danish vaid, Old Frisian wed, Middle Dutch wede, Dutch wede, Old High German weit, German Waid "woad"), probably cognate with Latin vitrium "glass" (see vitreous). Old type of blue dye processed from plant leaves, since superseded by indigo. French guède, Italian guado are Germanic loan-words.