See also: Flax
From Middle English flax, from Old English fleax, from Proto-Germanic *flahsą, from Proto-Indo-European *pleḱ- (“to plait”). Cognate with Old Frisian flax, Dutch vlas, Old High German flahs (German Flachs); the Northern Germanic (and most likely the Gothic too) stem is different.
- IPA(key): /flæks/
- (dialectal, obsolete) IPA(key): /flɛks/
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- Rhymes: -æks
flax (countable and uncountable, plural flaxes)
- A plant of the genus Linum, especially Linum usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. Also known as linseed, especially when referring to the seeds.
- The fibers of Linum usitatissimum, grown to make linen and related textiles.
- The flax bush, a plant of the genus Phormium, native to New Zealand, with strap-like leaves up to 3 metres long that grow in clumps.
The plural flaxes is used to indicate multiple species or varieties of flax; otherwise, flax is uncountable.
- blue flax
- false flax
- flax bow
- flax milk
- flax seed
- flax-leaved daphne
- Lewis flax
- mountain flax
- New Zealand flax (Phormium spp.)
- yellow flaxFor numerous others see Linum#Selected species on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
plant native to New Zealand — see phormium
- flax at OneLook Dictionary Search
- flax on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Linum on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
- ^ Etymology in the Deutsches Wörterbuch of Jakob und Wilhelm Grimm: "however, Old Norse hör ... The Gothic word has not been transmitted, but one might guess harvs"
- ^ Bingham, Caleb (1808), “Improprieties in Pronunciation, common among the people of New-England”, in The Child's Companion; Being a Conciſe Spelling-book […] , 12th edition, Boston: Manning & Loring, →OCLC, page 75.
Inherited from Old English fleax, from Proto-West Germanic *flahs, from Proto-Germanic *flahsą, from Proto-Indo-European *plek-.
- Flax (Linum usitatissimum or its fibers)
- Linen; fabric made out of flax.
- Flax or straw used as a firestarter; tinder.
- English: flax
- “flex, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- (slang) (unexpected) good luck
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