fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem
A plant of the genus Linum, especially L. usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. Also known as linseed, especially when referring to the seeds.
The fibers of Linum usitatissimum, grown to make linen and related textiles.
A plant of the genus Phormium, native to New Zealand, with strap-like leaves up to 3 metres long that grow in clumps called flax bushes.
a plant of the genus Linum, esp. the L. usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. The fiber of the bark is used for making thread and cloth, called linen, cambric, lawn, lace, etc. Linseed oil is expressed from the seed
the skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing
Origin: [AS. fleax; akin to D. vlas, OHG. flahs, G. flachs, and prob. to flechten to braid, plait,m twist, L. plectere to weave, plicare to fold, Gr. to weave, plait. See Ply.]
Flax is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fibre crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world. Flax fibres are taken from the stem of the plant and are two to three times as strong as those of cotton. As well, flax fibers are naturally smooth and straight. Europe and North America depended on flax for cloth until the nineteenth century, when cotton overtook flax as the most common plant used for making linen paper. Flax is grown on the Canadian Prairies for linseed oil, which is used as a drying oil in paints and varnish and in products such as linoleum and printing inks. It is native to the region extending from the eastern Mediterranean to India and was probably first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. Flax was extensively cultivated in ancient China and ancient Egypt. A discovery reported in 2009 of spun, dyed, and knotted wild flax fibers in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia shows that the plant was already in use by humans at the surprisingly early date of 30,000 BC. New Zealand flax is not related to flax but was named after it, as both plants are used to produce fibers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
flax, n. the fibres of the plant Linum, which are woven into linen cloth: the flax-plant.—ns. Flax′-comb, a toothed instrument or heckle for cleaning the fibres of flax; Flax′-dress′er, one who prepares flax for the spinner by the successive processes of rippling, retting, grassing, breaking, and scutching.—adj. Flax′en, made of or resembling flax: fair, long, and flowing.—ns. Flax′-mill, a mill for working flax into linen; Flax′-seed, linseed; Flax′-wench, a female who spins flax.—adj. Flax′y, like flax: of a light colour.—New Zealand flax, a valuable fibre, quite different from common flax, obtained from the leaf of Phormium tenax, the flax lily or flax bush. [A.S. fleax; Ger. flachs.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus of the family LINACEAE that is cultivated for its fiber (manufactured into linen cloth). It contains a trypsin inhibitor and the seed is the source of LINSEED OIL.
A type of cultivar, plant and seed created and cultivated in a variety of species.
Flax is grown and used to make linen, linseed oil and used to create edible seeds which can be dried and eaten as a snack.
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The numerical value of FLAX in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of FLAX in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- lliCatalan, Valencian
- Flachs, Leinen, Flachsfaser, LeinGerman
- وش, کتانPersian
- hørur, línFaroese
- פשתן, פשתהHebrew
- 아마, 亞麻Korean
- lini, linsLatvian
- linho, filaçaPortuguese
- lȁn, ла̏нSerbo-Croatian
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