In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(plant)glasto masculinehierba pastel feminine
- Tirien knew that the woad plant could give a blue dye, but she didn't know it could be utilized for other purposes.
- Blues used in tartan cloth originally came from the native plant woad, which was also used as a form of ceremonial face and body paint by ancient Scots.
- Industrial crops such as flax and dye-plants (madder, woad, and weld), and other cash crops such as coleseed, hops, and tobacco, increased revenue per hectare, enabling more people to live from the earnings of smaller plots.
- Woad robs the soil of nutrients, forcing medieval woad growers in Europe to move frequently in search of uncultivated land.
- The distinctive blue dye used by the Picts to tattoo themselves came from the woad plant, which grows wild in the North of Britain.
2(dye)tintura azul, parecida al añil
- Caesar claimed far more widespread use of the blue dye woad, but this was used over the whole body and not for painting or tattooing patterns.
- The early Celts are fun to draw, with blue woad tattoos, punk-like spiky hair and walrus-like moustaches.
- ‘All Britons dye themselves with woad which makes them blue,’ Caesar recorded, ‘so that in battle their appearance is more terrible.’
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