woadwaxen

[ wohd-wak-suh n ]
/ ˈwoʊdˌwæk sən /

noun

an ornamental Eurasian shrub, Genista tinctoria, whose flowers yield a yellow dye formerly used with woad to make a permanent green dye.

Nearby words

  1. wmo,
  2. wnw,
  3. wo,
  4. woad,
  5. woaded,
  6. woald,
  7. wobbegong,
  8. wobble,
  9. wobble board,
  10. wobble plate

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

woadwaxen

/ (ˈwəʊdˌwæksən) /

noun

another name for dyer's-greenweed
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