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 The shells of the seats look like carbon fiber but are actually made from something called Bcomp, a composite that uses natural flax fibers instead of artificial carbon ones. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Polestar’s latest concept shows it thinks differently about design," 6 Apr. 2020 Sun & Swell Foods has crisps made from cashews, sweet potato and flax, and cookies from dates, cashews, oats and cacao. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "18 healthy (but still delicious) snacks you can get delivered to your door," 7 Apr. 2020 In a color like flax or dusty stone—a palette Jesus might have worn—it would be made for the masses, sold for $60 or so, folded and stacked on tables like loaves of bread. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Creation and the Myth of Kanye West," 25 Mar. 2020 South of Lake Tahoe on the Carson Pass Trail, the month of July unfolds a colorful landscape of cheerful blue flax, Indian paintbrush, showy clusters of scarlet gilia, and the waxy, orange and spotted faces of the sierra lilies. Matt Ritter, Sunset Magazine, "Find the Real Super Blooms This Summer with the Ultimate Floral Road Trip," 6 Mar. 2020 The automaker is teaming up with Bcomp, a Swiss company that has created a composite material using flax to replace plastic panels. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Polestar Builds Environmental Cred with Flax, Recycled Plastic Interiors," 11 Feb. 2020 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

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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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19 May 2020

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“Flax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flax. Accessed 28 May. 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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