Definitions of flax

  1. plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A slender plant with blue flowers, from the fiber of which linen is made; the fiber of the plant ready to be spun. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. The common name of the plants of the genus Linum, nat. order Linaceae, and of the fibre produced from it. The species, of which there are nearly a hundred, are herbs or small shrubs, with narrow leaves, and yellow, blue, or even white flowers arranged in variously formed cymes. They occur in warm and temperate regions over the world. The cultivated species is L. usitatissimum. The fibre which is used for making thread and cloth, called linen, cambric, lawn, lace, etc., consists of the woody bundles of the slender stalks. The fine fibres may be so separated as to be spun into threads as fine as silk. A most useful oil is expressed from the seeds, and the residue, called linseed cake, is one of the most fattening kinds of food for cattle. The best seed comes from Riga and Holland. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Vegetable fibres of which linen is made; plant producing these fibres. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The soft fiber obtained from the bark of the flax-plant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. An annual plant, the stalks of which yield a fibre which is used for making thread and cloth, such as linen, cambric, lawn, lace, &c.; the fibrous part of the plant when broken and cleaned. Flaxweed, a weed like flax. New Zealand flax or flax-lily, the phormium of naturalists, the leaves of which yield a very beautiful and strong fibre, used in the manufacture of ropes and other cordage. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A plant; the prepared fibres or threads of the same which are made into linen cloth. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for flax

  1. In dam is ample water stored, To drive flour mills in Thamesford, Besides the power of the stream, Saw mills and flax are drove by steam. – Poems of James McIntyre by James McIntyre
  2. I beat it out of some raw flax – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner