noun, often attributive \ˈflaks\

: a plant that has blue flowers and that is grown for its fiber and its seed

: the fiber of the flax plant

Full Definition of FLAX

:  any of a genus (Linum of the family Linaceae, the flax family) of herbs; especially :  a slender erect annual (L. usitatissimum) with blue flowers commonly cultivated for its bast fiber and seed
:  the fiber of the flax plant especially when prepared for spinning
:  any of several plants resembling flax
flaxy \ˈflak-sē\ adjective

Origin of FLAX

Middle English, from Old English fleax; akin to Old High German flahs flax, Latin plectere to braid — more at ply
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FLAX

FLAX Defined for Kids


noun \ˈflaks\

Definition of FLAX for Kids

:  a plant with blue flowers that is grown for its fiber from which rope and linen is made and for its seed from which oil and livestock feed are obtained
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