woad :

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  • n  a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant
  • n  any of several herbs of the genus Isatis

  • Almost since the days when Druidic warriors daubed themselves with woad, the notion has persisted that British painting is a barbarous and insular affair.
  • Great wealth came in the 16th century, when there was world demand for the blue woad dye or pastel produced in the region.

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