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or flaxy

[flak-suh n] /ˈflæk sən/
made of flax.
pertaining to flax.
resembling flax.
of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax.
Origin of flaxen
First recorded in 1510-20; flax + -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for flaxen
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  • This was of gold—not red, not auburn, not flaxen, but pure and living gold.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • She was plump, pleasant-looking, with a piquant smile and flaxen hair.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The man released her, and, to her surprise, gently touched her flaxen hair.

  • Netta knelt, and the garland was thrown over her flaxen curls.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • And the wind, playing with his long, flaxen beard, flung it into his face.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • On the second one of her visits to the child's room she put her hand on the flaxen head.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • First of all his mother took hold of him by the flaxen hair, and pulled it.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Why had his mother pulled his flaxen hair and boxed his ears?

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Just then a flaxen head peeped in, and two big eyes stared at him.

  • No zest for her great noble frame, her surge of flaxen hair.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
British Dictionary definitions for flaxen


of, relating to, or resembling flax
of a soft yellow colour: flaxen hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flaxen

"made of flax," mid-15c., from flax + -en (2). As "the color of flax" (usually with reference to hair) it is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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