a hard, smooth, washable floor covering, formerly much used, esp. in kitchens
any floor covering similar to linoleum
coined (1863) by F. Walton, Eng manufacturer < L linum, flax + oleum, oil
See linoleum in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A durable, washable material made in sheets by pressing a mixture of heated linseed oil, rosin, powdered cork, and pigments onto a burlap or canvas backing. Linoleum is used as a covering especially for floors.