Woad Etymology


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  1. Woad in Europe from Neolithic to Present
  2. Indigo replacing woad
  3. Woad in Britain from Iron Age to Present
  4. Woad Production revival
  5. History of Woad Mills
  6. Making Woad Balls
  7. Woad in other languages
  8. Woad in place names

Woad in other languages

Woad is so old that the proto-Indo-Europeans (Early Bronze Age 2000 to 1500 BC) already knew the plant and had a word for it. See Barber

These are some of the names for Woad used in other languages;

Woad (English)
Wad (Anglo-Saxon, old English)
Der Waid (German)
Waizda or Waida (old Pan-Germanic)
Wede (Dutch)
Gučde (French)
Guado (Italian)
Gualda (Spanish)
Glaisin (old Irish)
Glasrac (modern Scots-Gaelic)
Glesyn (Welsh, the blue one¯) (courtesy Margiad Roberts)
Herba Pastell (Catalan)

Hierba pastel (Spanish)
Isatis (Greek)
Isatis, Isate (Portuguese)
Pastel-dos-tintureiros (Portuguese)
Pastel des teinturiers (French)
Urzet (Polish)
Vaida (Russian)
Vajd (Danish)
Värimorsinko or Morsinko (Finnish)
Vejde (Swedish)
Vejt (Czech)
Vitro (Latin)
جلينلا (Arabic), al Nilj, pronounced Neelj (courtesy Wayne Belk)

If you know the name for woad in any other language please contact us, through the web form.

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