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WOAD

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 767 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WOAD, a herbaceous plant, known botanically as Isatis tinctoria (natural order Cruciferae), which occurs sporadically in England in fields, on banks and chalk-pits. The erect branched stem, I to 3 ft. in height, bears sessile leaves and terminal clusters of small yellow flowers; the brown pendulous pods are i in. long. The ancient Britons stained themselves with this plant. It is still cultivated in Lincolnshire.
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