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flax

[flaks] /flæks/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Linum, especially L. usitatissimum, a slender, erect, annual plant having narrow, lance-shaped leaves and blue flowers, cultivated for its fiber and seeds.
2.
the fiber of this plant, manufactured into linen yarn for thread or woven fabrics.
3.
any of various plants resembling flax.
Origin of flax
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fleax; cognate with Dutch, Low German vlas, German Flachs
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flax

/flæks/
noun
1.
any herbaceous plant or shrub of the genus Linum, esp L. usitatissimum, which has blue flowers and is cultivated for its seeds (flaxseed) and for the fibres of its stems: family Linaceae
2.
the fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics
3.
any of various similar plants
4.
(NZ) Also called harakeke. a swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Māoris for decorative work, baskets, etc
Word Origin
Old English fleax; related to Old Frisian flax, Old High German flahs flax, Greek plekein to plait
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Word Origin and History for flax
n.

Old English fleax "cloth made with flax, linen," from Proto-Germanic *flakhsan (cf. Old Frisian flax, Middle Dutch and Dutch vlas, Old Saxon flas, Old High German flahs, German Flachs), probably from Proto-Germanic base *fleh-, corresponding to PIE *plek- "to weave, plait" (see ply (v.1)). But some connect it with PIE *pleik- (see flay) from the notion of "stripping" fiber to prepare it.

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