Linoleum Definition

lĭ-nōlē-əm
noun
A hard, smooth, washable floor covering.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
Any floor covering similar to linoleum.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
linoLinowall (both trademarks)Congoleumcork compositionfloor coveringlinoxyn

Other Word Forms of Linoleum

Noun

Singular:
linoleum
Plural:
linoleums

Origin of Linoleum

  • 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

  • Originally a trademark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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