Linum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Linum a herbaceous plant genus of the family Linaceae with small sessile leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Linum lī"nŭm (Bot) A genus of herbaceous plants including the flax (Linum usitatissimum).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n linum A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants, of the natural order Lineæ, tribe Eulineæ. They are herbs, often slightly woody, characterized by regular five-parted flowers, with often showy but fugacious petals, usually yellow or blue in color, and by entire sepals and leaves. There are about 100 species, growing in both hemispheres, many of which are ornamental. L. usitatissimum is the flax of commerce, and the seeds of the same are the source of linseed-oil. L. perenne, called perennial flax, is a very handsome blue-flowered species, abundant in the northern parts of the United States, and having a wide distribution through Europe and Asia.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., flax

Usage

In literature:

I shall never resist Linum next summer.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Paper on Linum published by the Linnean Society.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
See in my future paper on Linum pollen and stigma recognising each other.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Linum trigynum commences at Mahadeb; Scutellaria a little above, but I have found this at the foot.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
On the existence of two forms, and on their reciprocal sexual relation, in several species of the genus Linum.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
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In news:

In about 1 minute you will understand why flax seed's latin name is Linum usitatissimum:"most useful flax ".
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