noun, often attributive
\ˈflaks \

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 \ adjective

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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 Servings: 12 2 cups chopped macadamia nuts 6 pitted medjool dates 2 tablespoons honey ¼ cup dried sliced banana 1 tablespoon ground flax1 tablespoon hemp seed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon dried, ground acai ½ teaspoon sea salt 1. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Seattle restaurateur Maria Hines creates her own go-to/to-go nutrient bars for endurance activities," 18 July 2018 Each cup packs in oats, flax, and pumpkin seeds along with fresh fruit. Molly Dodd, Fox News, "What's new with the Greek yogurt trend?," 30 Sep. 2015 Fire Island is an altar to bread, with classics like Alaska whole wheat and Fire Island sourdough turned out daily and specials like challah, plum flax, and sprouted grain offered on specific weekdays. Genevieve Roth, Bon Appetit, "Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Gets Me Through the Long Alaskan Winter," 6 June 2018 Tahini Maple Oat Bites Makes 10 servings Ingredients • 1 1/2 cup oats, separated • 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon tahini • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup • 1 tablespoon flax seeds • 1/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips Preparation 1. NBC News, "What you should eat before a workout," 6 June 2018 Nearly all of his playful spring/summer line is flax-based. Alex Williams, New York Times, "A Brooklyn Designer Who Is All About Linen," 1 June 2018 Add the flax to the burger mixture along with the cornstarch and stir well to combine. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "A Veggie Burger Recipe That Doesn't Have 15 Ingredients for Once," 20 June 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


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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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