- 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
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flax /flæks/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Plant Biologya plant with blue flowers that is cultivated for its fiber, used for making linen yarn.
- Textilesthe fiber of this plant.
flax (flaks),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- Textilesthe fiber of this plant, manufactured into linen yarn for thread or woven fabrics.
- Plant Biologyany of various plants resembling flax.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English fleax; cognate with Dutch, Low German vlas, German Flachs
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flax /flæks/ n
'flax' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
New Zealand flax - Rumpelstiltskin - bagasse - band - bast - bastard toadflax - boll - boon - brake - byssinosis - byssus - card - cloth - comber - crinoline - distaff - dizen - dodder - flax lily - flaxen - flaxseed - flowering flax - fustian - hackle - hards - heckle - herl - kit - leno - linaria - line - linen - lingerie - linnet - linoleic - linoleum - linseed - linseed oil - lint - lintwhite - linum - lock - piupiu - poi - reap - ret - ripple - rippler - rope - rot