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flax

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noun \ˈflaks\

Simple Definition of flax

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  the fiber of the flax plant especially when prepared for spinning

  3. 3 :  any of several plants resembling flax

flaxy play \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

ax, fax, lax, max, pax, rax, sax, Sfax, tax, wax


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