linoleum

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noun, often attributive li·no·leum \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

Definition of linoleum

  1. 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. 2 :  a material similar to linoleum

Origin and Etymology of linoleum

Latin linum flax + oleum oil — more at oil


First Known Use: 1878


LINOLEUM Defined for English Language Learners

linoleum

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noun, often attributive li·no·leum \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

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

linoleum

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noun li·no·leum \lə-ˈnō-lē-əm, -ˈnōl-yəm\

Definition of linoleum for Students

  1. :  a floor covering with a canvas back and a surface of hardened linseed oil and cork dust


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