noun, often attributive
\ ˈflaks How to pronounce flax (audio) \

Definition of flax

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 : the fiber of the flax plant especially when prepared for spinning
3 : any of several plants resembling flax

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Other Words from flax

flaxy \ ˈflak-​sē How to pronounce flaxy (audio) \ adjective

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There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from the fields and the flax from the spindle to feed the legions or to fill the hungry treasury from which divine Caesar gave largess to the people. WSJ, "In Hoc Anno Domini," 23 Dec. 2018 It's made from flax, which is incredibly resilient. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 Add half a frozen banana—the freezing adds body—and a tablespoon of ground flax for fiber, phytonutrients and omegas. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge: Clean, Green, Juicing Machine," 20 Apr. 2012 Photo: David Clifford for The Wall Street Journal The Diet Ms. Deeley starts her day with hot cereal topped with coconut milk, berries, honey, and seeds including flax, pepitas and chia. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Her Exercise? Picking Up Everyone’s Litter," 19 Nov. 2018 Sophie’s Kitchen has tried adding omega-3 oils to its product, using everything from flax to chia, to get a more similar nutritional profile to fish. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Fish: The Final Frontier in Fake Meat," 15 Oct. 2018 Brooklinen, for example, uses flax sourced from Belgium — an area that, according to Fulop, is known for its long staple fibers. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Why Linen Sheets Are Your Skin-Cooling Best Friend During a Heat Wave," 5 Sep. 2018 Parachute sheets are made from 100 percent European flax, are dyed in small batches to retain individuality, and work well for both warm and cool sleepers. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Why Linen Sheets Are Your Skin-Cooling Best Friend During a Heat Wave," 5 Sep. 2018 Vitti recommends flax for its unparalleled estrogen-breaking-down abilities. Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Period Blood Color Guide: What Colored Blood Means For Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of flax

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flax

Middle English, from Old English fleax; akin to Old High German flahs flax, Latin plectere to braid — more at ply

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈflaks How to pronounce flax (audio) \

Kids Definition of flax

: 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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