flax

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 flax (audio) \ adjective

Examples of flax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Linen is a famously biodegradable and cooling fabric thanks to the natural properties of flax and the textile’s loose weave. Sneha Mehta, Vogue, "Dressing for a Hotter Planet: In India, Designers Honor the Natural Sustainability of Artisan Crafts," 22 Apr. 2021 Humans have used flax for more 30,000 years, including in Ancient Egypt and Rome. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Are Flaxseeds Healthy? All the Nutritional Facts and Benefits to Know," 17 Feb. 2021 Beloved home brand West Elm, like Lands’ End, makes a nice linen sheet set too, woven from Belgian flax in a fair-trade facility. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best linen sheets of 2021," 14 Mar. 2021 The linen set includes a duvet cover and matching sham set made in Portugal from European flax. NBC News, "International Women's Day 2021: 101 best women-owned brands," 9 Mar. 2021 Woven in a mill in Portugal from French flax and produced in a fair-trade environment, these are a socially conscious buy that feel good in more ways than one. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "From sheets to shower heads, these are the best home products we tested in 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Bamboo rods under the bindings and V’s of flax and carbon fibers that transfer energy from the innermost inserts to the contact points add dampening, solid board feel, and butter-friendly flex. Drew Zieff, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowboards You Can Buy Right Now," 7 Dec. 2020 Beloved home brand West Elm, like Lands’ End, makes a nice linen sheet set too, woven from Belgian flax in a fair-trade facility. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best linen sheets of 2020," 5 Nov. 2020 Beloved home brand West Elm, like Lands’ End, makes a nice linen sheet set too, woven from Belgian flax in a fair-trade facility. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best linen sheets of 2020," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Flax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flax. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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flax

noun

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

flax

noun
\ 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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