1) A satyr or faun, a wild man of the woods.

Reaney has Wudewuse as a Yorkshire by-name in 1251. The figures of such beings were decorative motifs: 1381 lectum meum broudatum cum signis de wodewese et arboribus, Durham

1498 sex cocliaria optima arg. Cum wodwoshes, Beverley. It may be that this word influenced the spelling of 'woad-ash', used by dyers: 1520-30 Item ix ston of wodwys.

places Beverley Durham
dates 1381 1498 1520-1530

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