Woad

Definition of Woad

n.1.
1.(Bot.) An herbaceous cruciferous plant (Isatis tinctoria) of the family Cruciferae (syn. Brassicaceae). It was formerly cultivated for the blue coloring matter derived from its leaves. See isatin.
2.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 It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing.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.
- Milton.
Wild woad
(Bot.) the weld (Reseda luteola). See Weld.
Woad mill
a mill grinding and preparing woad.

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dye, dyestuff
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