Definition of flax noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//flæks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flæks//
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  1. 1 a plant with blue flowers, grown for its stem that is used to make thread and its seeds that are used to make linseed oil
  2. 2threads from the stem of the flax plant, used to make linen
  3. Word OriginOld English flæx, of West Germanic origin; 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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