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Woad vs. Indigo

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Woadnoun

(countable) The plant Isatis tinctoria.

Indigonoun

A purplish-blue colour

Woadnoun

The blue dye made from the leaves of the plant.

Indigonoun

An indigo-colored dye obtained from certain plants (the indigo plant or woad), or a similar synthetic dye.

Woadverb

To plant or cultivate woad.

Indigonoun

An indigo plant, such as from species in genera Indigofera, Amorpha (false indigo), Baptisia (wild indigo), and Psorothamnus and Dalea (indigo bush).

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Woadverb

To dye with woad.

Indigoadjective

having a deep purplish-blue colour

Woadnoun

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.

Indigonoun

A kind of deep blue, one of the seven prismatic colors.

Woadnoun

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 It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing.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

Indigonoun

A blue dyestuff obtained from several plants belonging to very different genera and orders, such as, the woad, Isatis tinctoria (family Cruciferae), Indigofera suffroticosa, Indigofera tinctoria (family Leguminosae), Indigofera Anil, Nereum tinctorium, Polygonum tinctorium Ait. (family Polygonaceae), etc.; called also natural indigo. It is a dark blue earthy substance, tasteless and odorless, with a copper-violet luster when rubbed. Indigo does not exist in the plants as such, but is obtained by decomposition of the glycoside indican.

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Woadnoun

a blue dyestuff obtained from the woad plant

Indigoadjective

Having the color of, pertaining to, or derived from, indigo.

Woadnoun

any of several herbs of the genus Isatis

Indigonoun

a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically

Woadnoun

a yellow-flowered European plant of the cabbage family. It was formerly widely grown in Britain as a source of blue dye, which was extracted from the leaves after they had been dried, powdered, and fermented.

Indigonoun

deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of indigo dye

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Woadnoun

dye obtained from the woad plant, now superseded by synthetic products.

Indigonoun

a blue-violet color

Indigo

Indigo is a deep color close to the color wheel blue (a primary color in the RGB color space), as well as to some variants of ultramarine, based on the ancient dye of the same name. The word comes from the Latin for Indian as the dye was originally exported to Europe from India.

‘indigo’;

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