Linoleum meaning

lĭ-nō'lē-əm
A hard, smooth, washable floor covering.
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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.
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Any floor covering similar to linoleum.
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An inexpensive waterproof covering used especially for floors, made from solidified linseed oil over a burlap or canvas backing, or from its modern replacement, polyvinyl chloride.
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Origin of linoleum

  • Originally a trademark
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Coined c. 1864 by inventor Frederick Walton, from Latin linum (“flax") + oleum (“oil"). Used as a trade name but never registered as a trademark, it was the first product whose name was ruled to be genericized.
    From Wiktionary