noun, often attributive \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

: a type of material that is produced in thin sheets, has a shiny surface, and is used to cover floors and counters

Full Definition of LINOLEUM

:  a floor covering made by laying on a burlap or canvas backing a mixture of solidified linseed oil with gums, cork dust or wood flour or both, and usually pigments
:  a material similar to linoleum

Origin of LINOLEUM

Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil
First Known Use: 1878

Rhymes with LINOLEUM


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Smooth-surfaced floor covering made from a mixture of oxidized linseed oil, resins, and other substances such as binder, fillers, and pigments, applied to a felt or canvas backing. Linoleum is flexible, warm, and unaffected by ordinary floor temperatures, and it does not readily burn. It is specially hardened to resist indentation and is not susceptible to damage from fats, oils, greases, or organic solvents.


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