\ 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 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woads. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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