New Zealand flax

noun
variants: or New Zealand hemp

Definition of New Zealand flax

1 : a tall New Zealand herb (Phormium tenax) having erect, sword-shaped leaves and scarlet or yellow flowers
2 : the strong fiber from the leaves of New Zealand flax used chiefly for cordage, twine, and mattings

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“New Zealand flax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/New%20Zealand%20flax. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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