[wohd-wak-suh n]
  1. an ornamental Eurasian shrub, Genista tinctoria, whose flowers yield a yellow dye formerly used with woad to make a permanent green dye.
Also woodwaxen.

Origin of woadwaxen

1325–75; Middle English wodewaxen, equivalent to wode wood1 + waxen grown (past participle of waxen to wax2); replacing Middle English wodewax, Old English wuduweax
Also called dyer's-broom, dyer's greenweed, dyer's greenwood.
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British Dictionary definitions for woadwaxen


  1. another name for dyer's-greenweed
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