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Definition of "flax" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • The fine, light-colored textile fiber obtained from this plant. (noun)
  • Any of various other plants of the genus Linum or of similar or related genera. (noun)
  • A pale grayish yellow. (noun)
  • Any herbaceous plant or shrub of the genus Linum, esp L. usitatissimum, which has blue flowers and is cultivated for its seeds (flaxseed) and for the fibres of its stems: family Linaceae (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics (noun)
  • Any of various similar plants (noun)
  • A swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Māoris for decorative work, baskets, etc (noun)

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Use "flax" in a sentence
  • ""The evidence for some kind of massive programmed rearrangement upon environmental induction in flax is unequivocal," he writes, "but inheritance of acquired changes has been an anathema to evolutionary biologists ever since Darwin's time.""
  • "Ms. Moskowitz has published recipes in which, in lieu of eggs, flax seeds are ground into meal, then blended with water to form what she calls "flax goop.""
  • "She said originally, in 1999, her coach gave her what he described as flax seed oil."