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

Examples of flax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Breathable linen sheet sets (from $189; craneandcanopy.com) are woven from 100% Belgian flax that gets softer with every wash. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Luxury linens that are worth the price," 17 Dec. 2019 Hästens has multiple models of their iconic beds, but generally they are comprised of all-natural materials like horse hair, flax, pine, wool, and cotton. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This NYC Hotel Now Offers a Room with a $200,000 Mattress," 13 Dec. 2019 Quick and easy to make, the breakfast cup contains collagen combined with gluten-free oats, quinoa, flax and chia, which is certified gluten-free + contains organic ingredients. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "2019/2020 winter running guide: How to stay warm, safe and healthy," 29 Nov. 2019 Almond, oat, soy, flax, coconut, cashew and other milk alternatives have led to steep declines in overall dairy milk consumption in the U.S. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "America's largest milk producer files for bankruptcy," 12 Nov. 2019 Nondairy yogurts can be made from soy, coconut, flax, oat, almond and cashew milks. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Grab a spoon. It’s time to make sense of the yogurt aisle.," 16 Sep. 2019 Beets, flax and chia seeds turn this into a strange, unpleasant, garlic-forward sauce. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best hot sauces and the not-so-hot ones," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of flax was before the 12th century

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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flax. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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