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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See dyer's greenweed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small Eurasian shrub having clusters of yellow flowers that yield a dye; common as a weed in Britain and the United States; sometimes grown as an ornamental

Etymologies

Middle English wodewaxen, from Old English wuduweaxe : wudu, wood + weaxan, to grow; see wax2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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