- 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 of flaxMiddle 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
- 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 other genera in the family Linaceae.
- A pale grayish yellow.
Origin of flaxMiddle English from Old English fleax ; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
- A plant of the genus Linum, especially Linum 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.
- The flax bush, a plant of the genus Phormium, native to New Zealand, with strap-like leaves up to 3 metres long that grow in clumps.