n. hist.
1 a cruciferous plant, Isatis tinctoria, yielding a blue dye now superseded by indigo.
2 the dye obtained from this.
Etymology: OE wad f. Gmc

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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  • Woad — Woad, n. [OE. wod, AS. w[=a]d; akin to D. weede, G. waid, OHG. weit, Dan. vaid, veid, Sw. veide, L. vitrum.] [Written also {wad}, and {wade}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) An herbaceous cruciferous plant ({Isatis tinctoria}) of the family… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • WOAD — or Woad may refer to:*Woad, the common name of the flowering plant Isatis tinctoria in the family Brassicaceae. *WOAD (AM), a radio station (1300 AM) licensed to Jackson, Mississippi. *WOAD FM, a radio station (105.9 FM) licensed to Pickens,… …   Wikipedia

  • woad — woad·er; woad·man; woad; woad·wax·en; woad·wax; …   English syllables

  • woad — [wōd] n. [ME wod < OE wad < Gmc * waizda (> Ger waid), akin to L vitrum, woad] 1. any of a genus (Isatis) of plants of the crucifer family; esp., dyer s woad 2. the blue dye obtained from the dried, fermented leaves of such plants …   English World dictionary

  • Woad — was used as a source of blue until the 19c, when chemists produced synthetic colours. Woad came from a member of the mustard family, Isatis tinctoria, whose leaves were fermented, that process expressing the dye. [< OldEngl. = wad] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • woad — O.E. wad, from P.Gmc. *waido (Cf. Dan. vaid, O.Fris. wed, M.Du. wede, Du. wede, O.H.G. weit, Ger. Waid woad ), probably cognate with L. vitrium glass (see VITREOUS (Cf. vitreous)). Old type of blue dye processed from plant leaves …   Etymology dictionary

  • woad|ed — «WOH dihd» adjective. dyed or colored blue with woad …   Useful english dictionary

  • woad — ► NOUN ▪ a yellow flowered plant whose leaves were formerly used to make blue dye. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • WOAD-FM — Infobox Radio Station name = WOAD FM airdate = frequency = 105.9 (MHz) city = Pickens, Mississippi area = Jackson, Mississippi format = urban gospel owner = Inner City Broadcasting Corporation erp = 50,000 Watts branding = Power 105.9 slogan =… …   Wikipedia

  • WOAD (AM) — Infobox Radio Station name = WOAD airdate = frequency = 1300 (kHz) city = Jackson, Mississippi area = Jackson, Mississippi format = urban gospel owner = Inner City Broadcasting Corporation erp = 5,000 Watts branding = slogan = class = C website …   Wikipedia

  • woad — 1. noun a) Common name of the plant Isatis tinctoria whose leaves are used to make a blue dye. b) The dye made from the plant Isatis tinctoria. 2. verb a) to plant or cultivate woad …   Wiktionary

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