linum

noun
li·​num | \ ˈlīnəm \

Definition of linum

1 capitalized : the type genus of Linaceae comprising herbaceous annual or perennial plants that have small sessile leaves, terminal or axillary racemes of flowers with fugacious petals, and capsular fruits — see flax sense 1
2 plural -s : any plants of the genus Linum especially : any plant of this genus cultivated for ornament or growing wild as distinguished from the common agricultural flax

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History and Etymology for linum

New Latin, from Latin, flax

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“Linum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/linum. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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