- 1A blue-flowered herbaceous plant that is cultivated for its seed (linseed) and for textile fiber made from its stalks.
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- Linum usitatissimum, family Linaceae
- Oats, millet, opium poppies, and flax were also being cultivated by the end of the Neolithic period.
- Irish farmers came to rely on imported flax seed because the very best linen required the harvesting of flax before the seed could mature.
- Many have abundant gardens, with brilliant red poppies, orange marigolds, blue flax, pink clematis and jacaranda, and large cypress and eucalyptus trees.
- 1.1Textile fiber obtained from the flax plant: a mill for the preparation and spinning of flaxMore example sentences
- Handmade utensils have been produced since the beginning of the nineteenth century; the primary textiles are wool and flax.
- Linen is from flax, a bast fiber taken from the stalk of the plant.
- Prior to that, cushions were stuffed with flax, cotton or other padded materials and the result was fairly deadening.
- 1.2Used in names of other plants of the flax family (e.g., purging flax) or plants that yield similar fiber (e.g., false flax).More example sentences
- Travelling with them were weeds of nuisance significance, selection favouring their life-cycles to fit those of the crops or to mimic them: false oat in cereals, and in flax, the false flax.
Old English flæx; related to Dutch vlas and German Flachs, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin plectere and Greek plekein 'to plait, twist'.
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