woad

[ wohd ]
/ woʊd /

noun

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.

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Origin of woad

before 1000; Middle English wode, Old English wād (cognate with German Waid); akin to French guède, Medieval Latin waizda < Germanic
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British Dictionary definitions for woads

woad

/ (wəʊd) /

noun

a European plant, Isatis tinctoria, formerly cultivated for its leaves, which yield a blue dye: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also dyer's-weed, dyer's rocket
the dye obtained from this plant, used esp by the ancient Britons, as a body dye

Word Origin for woad

Old English wād; related to Old High German weit; Middle Dutch wēd, Latin vitrum
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