Origin of woad
Examples from the Web for woad
On her right, warriors, long-haired, mustached and painted with woad.Nirvana Days|Cale Young Rice
If the woad was not given up, they threatened to destroy the whole of Guildford by fire the next morning.Highways and Byways in Surrey|Eric Parker
As a last remonstrance, Furlong exclaimed, "And pewhaps this fellow can't wide, and don't know the woad."Handy Andy, Volume One|Samuel Lover
It was also held to be good in many places for madder, hops, and woad.The Land-War In Ireland (1870)|James Godkin
Years went on, and men clad in skins, and dyed blue with woad, came from the shores of Gaul.
British Dictionary definitions for woad
Word Origin for woad
Word Origin and History for woad
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 Old type of blue dye processed from plant leaves, since superseded by indigo.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.