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

Other Words from flax

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

Examples of flax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bed’s foundation, meanwhile, features the company’s trademark combination of cotton, wool, flax and horsehair. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2022 Functional oatmeal is taking the breakfast market by storm and with heart-healthy flax, hemp and chia seeds, and ingredients used in Chinese medicine—like goji berries and red bean—Yishi is no exception. Anna Haines, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Whey protein delivers upwards of 25 grams of protein per serving and lions mane provides stress-relief, while organic flax and chia seeds offer a hearty dose of fiber. Anna Haines, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The bed’s foundation features a combination of cotton, wool, flax and horsehair. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Dec. 2021 This allergy-friendly food brand is making a healthy spin on the classic rice crispy square with the addition of pumpkin, flax and sunflower seeds—three ingredients known to be rich in antioxidants, minerals and omega-3’s. Anna Haines, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 My mother had told me flax was pulverized by boys who insisted on being boys. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Barr’s also identified a spinner in Connecticut who is willing to spin the flax for her. Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Previous examination found the presence of the barley, flax, and pale persicaria and gold-of-pleasure seed porridge, in addition to 16 additional plant species but plant residue degradation halted further progress. Julia Musto, Fox News, 25 July 2021 See More

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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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“Flax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flax. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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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