flax

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  • A widely cultivated plant, <em>Linum usitatissimum,</em> having pale blue flowers, seeds that yield linseed oil, and slender stems from which a textile fiber is obtained.
  • The fine, light-colored textile fiber obtained from this plant.
  • Any of various other plants of the genus <em>Linum</em> or of other genera in the family Linaceae.
  • A pale grayish yellow.
  • To beat.
  • To move quickly; “knock” about: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="flax">flax</internalXref> round (to move about in a lively or energetic manner).
  • The common name for plants of the genus <em>Linum</em> and for the fiber obtained from the stems of <em>L. usitatissimum.</em>
  • One of several plants of other genera, mostly resembling common flax, as the false or white flax (<em>Camelina sativa</em>), mountain flax (<em>Polygala Senega</em>), toadflax (<em>Linaria vulgaris</em>), New Zealand flax (<em>Phormium tenax</em>), which yields a strong fiber, and spurge-flax (<em>Daphne Gnidium</em>).
  • The whitethroat, <em>Sylvia cinerea</em>: with reference to the material composing its nest.
  • Canvas linen, made from flax, used for sailmaking.
  • The field-cress or mithridate mustard, <em>Lepidium campestre.</em>
  • In New Zealand, <em>L. monogynum</em>; also the New Zealand flax, <em>Phormium tenax.</em> See <internalXref urlencoded="Phormium">Phormium</internalXref>.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="Lewis%27s%20wild%20wordnikxref%20flax">Lewis's wild flax</internalXref>.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="toad-flax">toad-flax</internalXref>.
  • Same as <internalXref urlencoded="false%20wordnikxref%20flax">false flax</internalXref>.
  • The garden tickseed or calliopsis, <em>Coreopsis tinctoria.</em>
  • A plant of the genus Linum, esp. the <spn>L. usitatissimum</spn>, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. The fiber of the bark is used for making thread and cloth, called <ex>linen</ex>, <ex>cambric</ex>, <ex>lawn</ex>, <ex>lace</ex>, etc. Linseed oil is expressed from the seed.
  • The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing.
  • amianthus.
  • a machine for removing the woody portion of flax from the fibrous.
  • a hatchel, hackle, or heckle.
  • the fiber of flax, reduced by steeping in bicarbonate of soda and acidulated liquids, and prepared for bleaching and spinning like cotton.
  • one who breaks and swingles flax, or prepares it for the spinner.
  • a mill or factory where flax is spun or linen manufactured.
  • a machine for pulling flax plants in the field.
  • A prostitute.
  • amianthus.
  • See <er>Flax-plant</er>.
  • A plant of the genus <xref>Linum</xref>, especially Linum usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. Also known as <xref>linseed</xref>, especially when referring to the seeds.
  • The <xref>fibers</xref> of Linum usitatissimum, grown to make <xref>linen</xref> and related textiles.
  • A plant of the genus Phormium, native to New Zealand, with strap-like leaves up to 3 metres long that grow in clumps called flax bushes.
  • fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
  • plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem
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