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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any Old World plant of the genus Isatis, of the mustard family, esp. I. tinctoria, formerly cultivated for a blue dye extracted from its leaves.

    Category: Plants

  2. this dye.

Origin of woad:

bef. 1000; ME wode, OE wād, c. OHG weit; akin to F guède, ML waizda < Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. woad(noun)

    a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant

  2. woad(noun)

    any of several herbs of the genus Isatis


  1. woad(Noun)

    Common name of the plant Isatis tinctoria whose leaves are used to make a blue dye.

  2. woad(Noun)

    The dye made from the plant Isatis tinctoria.

  3. woad(Verb)

    to plant or cultivate woad

  4. woad(Verb)

    to dye with woad

  5. Origin: From wode, from wad, from waidan, from wAit-. Cognate with wed, weed, Waid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woad(noun)

    an herbaceous cruciferous plant (Isatis tinctoria). It was formerly cultivated for the blue coloring matter derived from its leaves

  2. Woad(noun)

    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 It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing


  1. Isatis tinctoria

    Isatis tinctoria, with woad or glastum as the common name, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae. It is commonly called dyer's woad. It is occasionally known as Asp of Jerusalem. Woad is also the name of a blue dye produced from the leaves of the plant. Woad is native to the steppe and desert zones of the Caucasus, Central Asia to eastern Siberia and Western Asia but is now found in southeastern and Central Europe as well. Long important as a source of blue dye, it has been cultivated throughout Europe, especially in Western and southern Europe, since ancient times. In medieval times there were important woad-growing regions in England, Germany and France. Towns such as Toulouse became prosperous from the woad trade. Woad was eventually replaced by the stronger indigo and, in the early 20th century, both woad and indigo were replaced by synthetic indigos. Used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, woad is now being studied for use in the treatment of cancer. There has also been some revival of the use of woad for craft purposes.


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