flax

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
flax /flæks/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Plant Biologya plant with blue flowers that is cultivated for its fiber, used for making linen yarn.
  2. Textilesthe fiber of this plant.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
flax  (flaks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologyany plant of the genus Linum, esp. L. usitatissimum, a slender, erect, annual plant having narrow, lance-shaped leaves and blue flowers, cultivated for its fiber and seeds.
  2. Textilesthe fiber of this plant, manufactured into linen yarn for thread or woven fabrics.
  3. Plant Biologyany of various plants resembling flax.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English fleax; cognate with Dutch, Low German vlas, German Flachs

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
flax /flæks/ n
  1. 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. the fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics
  3. any of various similar plants

  4. Also called: harakeke NZ a swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Māoris for decorative work, baskets, etc
Etymology: Old English fleax; related to Old Frisian flax, Old High German flahs flax, Greek plekein to plait
'flax' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: [eat, consume, bake with] flax seeds, [make, produce] textiles from flax stalks, flax [preparation, spinning, milling], more...

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