From Middle English wode, from Old English wād ("woad"), from Proto-West Germanic *waiʀd, from Proto-Germanic *waizdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *woydʰ-. Cognate with Old Frisian wēd ("woad"), Dutch wede ("woad"), German Waid ("woad"), and with French guède, Italian guado ("woad") (both borrowed from Frankish). See also weed.
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