(Woo) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wooed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wooing.] [OE. wowen, woen, AS. wgian,
fr. wh bent, crooked, bad; akin to OS. wah evil, Goth. unwahs blameless, Skr. vac to waver, and
perhaps to E. vaccilate.]
1. To solicit in love; to court.
Each, like the Grecian artist, wooesPrior.
The image he himself has wrought.
2. To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
Thee, chantress, oft the woods amongMilton.
I woo, to hear thy even song.
I woo the windBryant.
That still delays his coming.
(Woo), v. i. To court; to make love. Dryden.
(Wood) a. [OE. wod, AS. wod; akin to OHG. wuot, Icel. oðr, Goth. wods, D. woede madness,
G. wuth, wut, also to AS. woð song, Icel. oðr, L. vates a seer, a poet. Cf. Wednesday.] Mad; insane; possessed; rabid; furious; frantic.
[Obs.] [Written also wode.]
Our hoste gan to swear as [if] he were wood.Chaucer.
(Wood), v. i. To grow mad; to act like a madman; to mad. Chaucer.
(Wood), n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vir, Dan. & Sw.
ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.]
1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently used in the plural.
Light thickens, and the crowShak.
Makes wing to the rooky wood.
2. The substance of trees and the like; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree
and its branches, and which is covered by the bark; timber. "To worship their own work in wood and
stone for gods." Milton.
3. (Bot.) The fibrous material which makes up the greater part of the stems and branches of trees and
shrubby plants, and is found to a less extent in herbaceous stems. It consists of elongated tubular or
needle-shaped cells of various kinds, usually interwoven with the shinning bands called silver grain.
Wood consists chiefly of the carbohydrates cellulose and lignin, which are isomeric with starch.
4. Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
Wood acid, Wood vinegar (Chem.), a complex acid liquid obtained in the dry distillation of wood,
and containing large quantities of acetic acid; hence, specifically, acetic acid. Formerly called pyroligneous
acid. - - Wood anemone (Bot.), a delicate flower (Anemone nemorosa) of early spring; also called
windflower. See Illust. of Anemone. Wood ant (Zoöl.), a large ant (Formica rufa) which lives in
woods and forests, and constructs large nests. Wood apple (Bot.). See Elephant apple, under
Elephant. Wood baboon (Zoöl.), the drill. Wood betony. (Bot.) (a) Same as Betony. (b)
The common American lousewort a low perennial herb with yellowish or purplish flowers. Wood
borer. (Zoöl.) (a) The larva of any one of numerous species of boring beetles, esp. elaters, longicorn
beetles, buprestidans, and certain weevils. See Apple borer, under Apple, and Pine weevil, under
Pine. (b) The larva of any one of various species of lepidopterous insects, especially of the clearwing
moths, as the peach-tree borer and of the goat moths. (c) The larva of various species of hymenopterous
of the tribe Urocerata. See Tremex. (d) Any one of several bivalve shells which bore in wood, as the
teredos, and species of Xylophaga. (e) Any one of several species of small Crustacea, as the Limnoria,