woodwaxen

noun
wood·​wax·​en | \ ˈwu̇ˌdwaksən \
variants: or less commonly woodwax \ ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \
plural woodwaxens also woodwaxes

Definition of woodwaxen

: a yellow-flowered Eurasian shrub (Genista tinctoria) common as a weed in England, adventive in North America, and sometimes cultivated for ornament

called also dyer's broom, dyeweed, greenweed, greenwood, whin, woadwaxen

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History and Etymology for woodwaxen

Middle English wodewexen, alteration of Old English wuduweaxe, from wudu wood + -weaxe (probably from weaxan to grow)

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“Woodwaxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwaxen. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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