• WordNet 3.6
    • n woad any of several herbs of the genus Isatis
    • n woad a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Woad A blue dyestuff, or coloring matter, consisting of the powdered and fermented leaves of the Isatis tinctoria. It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing. "Their bodies . . . painted with woad in sundry figures."
    • Woad (Bot) An herbaceous cruciferous plant (Isatis tinctoria) of the family Cruciferaesyn. Brassicaceae). It was formerly cultivated for the blue coloring matter derived from its leaves. See isatin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n woad A cruciferous plant, Isatistinctoria, formerly much cultivated in Great. Britain on account of the blue dye extracted from its pulped and fermented leaves. It is now, however, nearly superseded by indigo, which gives a stronger and finer blue. It is still cultivated in some parts of Europe, and the dye which it furnishes is said to improve the quality and color of indigo when mixed with it in a certain proportion. The ancient Britons are said to have stained their bodies with the dye procured from the woad-plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Woad wōd a genus of cruciferous plants, whose few species are mostly natives of the countries around the Mediterranean—Dyer's woad yields a good and very permanent dye, but is now largely superseded by indigo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wod, AS. wād,; akin to D. weede, G. waid, OHG. weit, Dan. vaid, veid, Sw. veide, L. vitrum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wád; Ger. waid; L. vitrum.


In literature:

This was the tattooing with the woad.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
But there would be no more purple and fine linen, and no more blue woad.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
They were not naked, woad-dyed savages.
"English Villages" by P. H. Ditchfield
It was also held to be good in many places for madder, hops, and woad.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
Thus kermes gave way to cochineal, woad to indigo, and so on.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891" by Various
This is a wild mountainous country, producing very little woad.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
Let's leave the woad and go to the wood that way.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
Cabot saw them dressed in skins like the ancient Britons, but painted with red ochre instead of blue woad.
"The Story of Newfoundland" by Frederick Edwin Smith, Earl of Birkenhead
The following method of setting a woad vat may be adopted.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
All Britons stain themselves dark blue with woad, which gives them a terrible aspect in battle.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Endicott, Governor, sun-dial of, 443; his introduction of woad-wax, 448.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
All Britons, without exception, stain themselves with woad, which produces a bluish tint.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
With these goes the Wadman, who dealt in, or grew, the dye-plant called woad; cf.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Dwiven a stake through him and buwied him at a cwoss woad?
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
Now the treasure lay in ruins, the pillars shattered, the woad broken, and the dial split.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
The ingredients of the woad vat are indigo, woad, bran, madder and lime.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
Descendant of the woad-clad ones, that's true!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, August 19th 1893" by Various
Woad may be called northern indigo; and indigo tropical or sub-tropical woad.
"Arts and Crafts Essays" by Various
One of the most precious finds that she made in her digging and transplanting was a root of woad.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
You would think we were woaded early Britons.
"Mammon and Co." by E. F. Benson

In news:

Morgan Conservation District's Bag O' Woad Program a success.
Morgan Conservation District's Bag O' Woad youth weed pull yielded three tons of the noxious weed, dyer's woad .
Every year, Morgan County is overrun by an aggressive weed called Dyer's woad .
Dyer's woad is a non-palatable, aggressive weed that produces chemicals which inhibit growth in adjacent plants.
Morgan Conservation District's Bag O' Woad Program a Success.
Morgan Conservation District's Bag O' Woad youth weed pull yielded over 2 tons of the noxious weed, dyer's woad .
Mel Gibson as William Wallace wearing woad.
Morgan Conservation District's Bag O' Woad youth weed pull yielded three tons of the noxious weed , dyer's woad.
Bag O' Woad is designed to educate residents about the seriousness of dyer's woad and other noxious weed infestations, and to rally community support for noxious weed control efforts in the county.
Every year, Morgan County is overrun by an aggressive weed called Dyer's woad.