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flax
Linum usitatissimum

flax

 (flăks)
n.
1.
a. A widely cultivated plant, Linum usitatissimum, having pale blue flowers, seeds that yield linseed oil, and slender stems from which a textile fiber is obtained.
b. The fine, light-colored textile fiber obtained from this plant.
c. Any of various other plants of the genus Linum or of other genera in the family Linaceae.
2. A pale grayish yellow.

[Middle English, from Old English fleax; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

flax′y adj.

flax

(flæks)
n
1. (Plants) 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. (Plants) the fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics
3. (Plants) any of various similar plants
4. (Plants) Also called: harakeke NZ a swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Māoris for decorative work, baskets, etc
[Old English fleax; related to Old Frisian flax, Old High German flahs flax, Greek plekein to plait]

flax

(flæks)

n.
1. any plant of the genus Linum, family Linaceae, esp. L. usitatissimum, a slender annual with blue flowers that is cultivated for its fiber, used for making linen yarn, and for its seeds, which yield linseed oil.
2. the fiber of this plant.
3. any of various plants resembling flax.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English fleax]
flax′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flax - fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabricflax - fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
linen - a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
plant fiber, plant fibre - fiber derived from plants
2.flax - plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Linum, Linum - a herbaceous plant genus of the family Linaceae with small sessile leaves
Translations
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len
lan
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linum
linas
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lin

flax

[flæks]
A. N (Bot) → lino m
B. CPD flax seed Nlinaza f

flax

[ˈflæks] nlin m

flax

n (Bot) → Flachs m

flax

[flæks] nlino
References in classic literature ?
A strapping, ruddy girl was beating flax or some such stuff in a little bit of a good-box of a barn, and she swung her flail with a will--if it was a flail; I was not farmer enough to know what she was at; a frowsy, barelegged girl was herding half a dozen geese with a stick--driving them along the lane and keeping them out of the dwellings; a cooper was at work in a shop which I know he did not make so large a thing as a hogshead in, for there was not room.
Godfrey Cass, as every one said in the village, did very kindly by the weaver; and it was nothing but right a man should be looked on and helped by those who could afford it, when he had brought up an orphan child, and been father and mother to her--and had lost his money too, so as he had nothing but what he worked for week by week, and when the weaving was going down too--for there was less and less flax spun--and Master Marner was none so young.
One evening, when she was spinning flax, and had worked her little white hands weary, she heard a rustling beside her and a cry of joy.
Because may be when they came she'd be hackling flax or threshing on the threshing floor, and they'd be ashamed to see her, and she'd laugh, or resent the present.
This woman wore on her head a red handkerchief, beneath which trailed long locks of hair in color and shape like the flax on a distaff.
Sometimes a discussion on ciders and flax, always couched in the same terms, and returning at the same time of year, was continued on the homeward way.
But I feel very deeply that this fish which I go and sell, and with the produce of which I buy the flax I spin, -- I feel very keenly, Fernand, that this is charity.
Linum Usitatissimum = Linum usitatissimum (Cooper's capitalization varies) is the botanical name for the variety of flax from which linen is made}
And as for spinning, why, you've wasted as much as your wage i' the flax you've spoiled learning to spin.
The country in general was destitute of trees, but they passed through groves of wormwood, eight and ten feet in height, which they used occasionally for fuel, and they met with large quantities of wild flax.
Owing to the high combustibility of both the flax and the tar to which it adhered, the dwarf had scarcely made an end of his brief speech before the work of vengeance was complete.
In about the time it takes to spin a quarter of a handful of flax, be returns with a beautiful young girl, a doll who would have shone like the sun had she been coiffed.