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
flaxyplay \ˈflak-sē\ adjective
Recent Examples of flax from the Web
Keeping medians mowed is an expense, but planting crops such as safflower, camelina, canola and perennial flax could more than pay for the upkeep while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Origin and Etymology 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
FLAX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flax for English Language Learners
: a plant that has blue flowers and that is grown for its fiber and its seed
: the fiber of the flax plant
FLAX Defined for Kids
Definition of flax for Students
: 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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