- The definition of flax is comes from a plant of the family Linaceae that has seeds for oil and a stem for linen.
An example of flax used as an adjective is in flax seed which is also made into linseed oil.
- Flax is defined as a plant in the family Linaceace that provides seeds for linseed oil and stem fibers that provide linen.
An example of flax is a plant with blue flowers that has threadlike fibers in the stem that can be spun into linen thread.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English fleax, akin to German flachs ; from Indo-European base an unverified form plek-, to plait, interweave from source Classical Latin plectere, plicare, German flechten
- any of a genus (Linum) of the flax family; esp. a slender, erect annual plant (L. usitatissimum) with delicate, blue flowers: the seeds are used to make linseed oil, and the fibers of the stem are spun into linen thread
- the threadlike fibers of these plants, ready for spinning
- any of a number of flaxlike plants
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- 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 similar or related genera.
- A pale grayish yellow.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fleax; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
flax flower and seed pods (left) and cutaway of stem (right)