New Zealand flax

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • New Zealand flax (Bot) A tall, liliaceous herb (Phormium tenax), having very long, sword-shaped, distichous leaves which furnish a fine, strong fiber very valuable for cordage and the like.
    • New Zealand flax (Bot) See Flax-plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • New Zealand flax a valuable fibre, quite different from common flax, obtained from the leaf of Phormium tenax, the flax lily or flax bush
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fleax; Ger. flachs.

Usage

In literature:

Bob Atkins and Bill approached the combatants, carrying some strong cord, of New Zealand flax.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
New Zealand Flax, pages 175-176.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The excellent quality of the New Zealand flax had not escaped him.
"The Life and Labours of the Rev. Samuel Marsden" by Samuel Marsden
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In news:

The medicinal New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.).
Lettuces complement nearby ornamentals, including bronze New Zealand flax and green Aeonium.
Evening glow New Zealand flax makes a nice addition to a garden with its warm red tones, reminiscent of a summer sunset.
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