flaxen

adjective

flax·​en ˈflak-sən How to pronounce flaxen (audio)
1
: made of flax
2
: resembling flax especially in pale soft strawy color
flaxen hair

Examples of flaxen in a Sentence

fields of flaxen wheat waving in the wind
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flaxen was in the 15th century

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“Flaxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaxen. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

flaxen

adjective
flax·​en ˈflak-sən How to pronounce flaxen (audio)
1
: made of flax
2
: of a pale yellow color
flaxen hair

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