flax

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noun, often attributive \ˈflaks\

Definition of flax

  1. 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. 2 :  the fiber of the flax plant especially when prepared for spinning

  3. 3 :  any of several plants resembling flax

flaxy

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Origin and Etymology of flax

Middle English, from Old English fleax; akin to Old High German flahs flax, Latin plectere to braid — more at ply


First Known Use: before 12th century


FLAX Defined for English Language Learners

flax

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noun, often attributive \ˈflaks\

Definition of flax for English Language Learners

  • : a plant that has blue flowers and that is grown for its fiber and its seed

  • : the fiber of the flax plant


FLAX Defined for Kids

flax

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noun \ˈflaks\

Definition of flax for Students

  1. :  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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