Definition of linoleum
1 : a floor covering made by laying on a burlap or canvas backing a mixture of solidified linseed oil with gums, cork dust or wood flour or both, and usually pigments
2 : a material similar to linoleum
Recent Examples of linoleum from the Web
Then the weeks-old puppy hit the scuffed linoleum floor, whimpered softly, and events, no longer suspended, began to unfold again.
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Origin and Etymology of linoleum
Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil
First Known Use: 1878
LINOLEUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linoleum for English Language Learners
: a type of material that is produced in thin sheets, has a shiny surface, and is used to cover floors and counters
LINOLEUM Defined for Kids
Definition of linoleum for Students
: a floor covering with a canvas back and a surface of hardened linseed oil and cork dust
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