flax

(redirected from dwarf bay flax)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
click for a larger image
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
lli
len
lan
len
linum
linas
in
lin

flax

[flæks]
A. N (Bot) → lino m
B. CPD flax seed Nlinaza f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

flax

[ˈflæks] nlin m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

flax

n (Bot) → Flachs m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

flax

[flæks] nlino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995