woad

[ UK /wˈə‍ʊd/ ]
NOUN
  1. any of several herbs of the genus Isatis
  2. a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant
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How To Use woad In A Sentence

  • Blues used in tartan cloth originally came from the native plant woad, which was also used as a form of ceremonial face and body paint by ancient Scots.
  • Your epic fantasy novel, The Dragons of Duncan's Ass Tattoo, can portray My Ass Tattoo's blue-skinned denizens, their miniature zeppelins, and their sphincter-worshipping rituals either accurately or inaccurately, with or without prejudice, but you ain't going to be appropriating their culture until you start covering yourseves in woad, living in airships and pouring libations to The One True Hole. Cultural Appropriation
  • Until the advent of synthetic dyes, woad was cultivated in great plantations that were for a time a mainstay in some colonial economies. SPIX'S MACAW: THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD'S RAREST BIRD
  • All of these came from natural sources such as madder, kermes, red and white lead, verdigris, yellow ochre, yellow arsenic sulphide, oak gall, indigo and woad and lapis lazuli.
  • The distinctive blue dye used by the Picts to tattoo themselves came from the woad plant, which grows wild in the North of Britain.
  • Serena II this clonic earth see-saw she is blurred in sleep she is fat half dead the rest is free-wheeling part the black shag the pelt is ashen woad snarl and howl in the wood wake all the birds hound the harlots out of the ferns this damfool twilight threshing in the brake bleating to be bloodied this crapulent hush tears its heart out and so on... Archive 2006-04-01
  • Processes to decompose plant matter through chemical or physical techniques had models, for both preparation and results, in indigo and woad. reference Heating, or the addition of fermenting agents, shortened preparation time and ensured that the greatest quantity of color was extracted. The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • He need not indulge in what is called the woad argument; we sha'n't go back to the early Promenades of an Impressionist
  • Caesar claimed far more widespread use of the blue dye woad, but this was used over the whole body and not for painting or tattooing patterns.
  • -- This is sometimes called woaded black, and has an excellent reputation as a fast black. The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics
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