woad

noun
\ ˈwōd How to pronounce woad (audio) \

Definition of woad

: a European herb (Isatis tinctoria) of the mustard family formerly grown for the blue dyestuff yielded by its leaves also : this dyestuff

Examples of woad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His ruling élite dressed in the finest clothes, made by boiling woad leaves and madder roots to produce dyes of dazzling cerulean and ruby. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Seeing a peasant wearing red is improbable, but the abundance of woad makes blue dyes commonplace even among peasants. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 The family imported herring and woad in large enough quantities to buy an existing estate and win a kind of ersatz ennoblement. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Montaigne on Trial," 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of woad

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woad

Middle English wod, from Old English wād; akin to Old High German weit woad, Latin vitrum

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“Woad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woad. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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