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[lahy-nuh m]
  1. any of numerous plants of the genus Linum, including flax, L. usitatissimum, and various other species grown as ornamentals.
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Origin of linum

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin līnum flax
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Historical Examples

  • If you have time it will be very good to experiment on Linum Lewisii.

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  • The common Flax (Linum usitatissimum) has been thought to be one of these.

  • Name from Linum, the Flax, which the leaves of some species resemble.

  • The flax plant (Linum usitatissimum) is grown in India solely for the sake of the linseed.

  • The common Flax (Linum usitatissimum), though in its appearance only an insignificant weed, is a plant of great benefit to man.

British Dictionary definitions for linum


  1. any plant of the annual or perennial genus Linum, of temperate regions, esp L. grandiflorum, from N Africa, cultivated for its showy red or blue flowers: family LinaceaeSee also flax
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Word Origin

Latin, from Greek linon flax
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