- a European plant, Isatis tinctoria, of the mustard family, formerly cultivated for a blue dye extracted from its leaves.
- the dye extracted from this plant.
Origin of woad
Examples from the Web for woad
When woad is now used it is always in combination with indigo, to improve the colour.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
No woollen cloth was allowed to be dyed black except with woad.The Story of London
Henry B. Wheatley
Many tribes dyed their skin with a colour extracted from the leaf of the woad.The Human Race
The same "woad" which was used by the Britons to paint themselves with.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
On her right, warriors, long-haired, mustached and painted with woad.Nirvana Days
Cale Young Rice
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 Old type of blue dye processed from plant leaves, since superseded by indigo.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.