flax

[ flaks ]
/ flæks /

noun

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.
the fiber of this plant, manufactured into linen yarn for thread or woven fabrics.
any of various plants resembling flax.

Origin of flax

before 900; Middle English; Old English fleax; cognate with Dutch, Low German vlas, German Flachs
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flax

/ (flæks) /

noun

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
the fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics
any of various similar plants
Also called: harakeke NZ a swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Māoris for decorative work, baskets, etc

Word Origin for flax

Old English fleax; related to Old Frisian flax, Old High German flahs flax, Greek plekein to plait
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