an ornamental Eurasian shrub, Genista tinctoria, whose flowers yield a yellow dye formerly used with woad to make a permanent green dye.
Also, woodwaxen.
Also called dyer's-broom, dyer's greenweed, dyer's greenwood.

1325–75; Middle English wodewaxen, equivalent to wode wood1 + waxen grown (past participle of waxen to wax2); replacing Middle English wodewax, Old English wuduweax

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woadwaxen (ˈwəʊdˌwæksən)
another name for dyer's-greenweed

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