Definition of phormium
1 capitalized : a genus of herbs (family Liliaceae) with rigid sword-shaped leaves and red or yellow flowers on a leafless scape — see new zealand flax
2 plural -s : a hard fiber from New Zealand flax used for bagging and cordage
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of phormium
New Latin, from Greek phormion, a plant, small mat, diminutive of phormos mat, basket for carrying corn, from pherein to carry
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up phormium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).