flax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flax plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem
    • n flax fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flax (Bot) A plant of the genus Linum, esp. the L. usitatissimum, 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 linen cambric lawn lace, etc. Linseed oil is expressed from the seed.
    • Flax The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flax The common name for plants of the genus Linum and for the fiber obtained from the stems of L. usitatissimum. This species, of unknown origin, has been in cultivation from a very remote period, and yields the principal vegetable fiber in popular use over the larger part of the old world. The plant is an annual, with slender stems about two feet tall, which by various processes are freed from all useless matter, leaving the elongated bast-cells in the form of a soft, silky fiber. This fiber is used in the manufacture of linen thread and cloth, cambric, lawn, lace, etc. The principal sources of supply are Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Ireland. The flowers are blue. The seeds, known as linseed and flaxseed, are very mucilaginous, and are used on that account in medicine. They also yield an oil, which is extensively used by painters; and the residue, called linseed-cake, has much value as feed for cattle. The dwarf, fairy, mountain, or purging flax of England is L. catharticum; and the wild flax of the United States, L. Virginicum and L. perenne.
    • n flax One of several plants of other genera, mostly resembling common flax, as the false or white flax (Camelina sativa), mountain flax (Polygala Senega), toadflax (Linaria vulgaris), New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax), which yields a strong fiber, and spurge-flax (Daphne Gnidium).
    • n flax The whitethroat, Sylvia cinerea: with reference to the material composing its nest.
    • n flax Canvas linen, made from flax, used for sailmaking.
    • flax To beat.
    • flax To move quickly; “knock” about: as, to flax round (to move about in a lively or energetic manner).
    • n flax The field-cress or mithridate mustard, Lepidium campestre.
    • n flax In New Zealand, L. monogynum; also the New Zealand flax, Phormium tenax. See Phormium.
    • n flax Same as Lewis's wild flax.
    • n flax Same as toad-flax.
    • n flax Same as false flax.
    • n flax The garden tickseed or calliopsis, Coreopsis tinctoria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flax flax the fibres of the plant Linum, which are woven into linen cloth: the flax-plant
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fleax,; akin to D. vlas, OHG,. flahs, G. flachs, and prob. to flechten, to braid, plait,m twist, L. plectere, to weave, plicare, to fold, Gr. to weave, plait. See Ply
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fleax; Ger. flachs.

Usage

In literature:

We were carrying some inflammable things, flax, tar, matches, etc., which we must have purchased.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
He had seen her sitting on the door-step of a one-storied white house, spinning flax.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Houseman was a flax-dresser.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Flax, Hemp, Jute, Rope, Oakum and Bagging Machinery, Steam Engines, Boilers, etc.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
This handsome shrub-like Flax comes from Austria, and is a comparatively new species in English gardens.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
And the wick is of a particular kind of cotton flax, the only kind indestructible by fire.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
When they reached the castle the Queen showed her three rooms which were filled with the finest flax as full as they could hold.
"Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Her hair looked like hackled flax and her eyes were large and gray.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
Her hair was light as flax, and crested with a knot of very bright red ribbon.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
The ground raises good flax and tolerable hemp.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Before my breath, like blazing flax, Man and his marvels pass away!
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
Some have hair almost as light as flax; some almost as dark as yours, but not quite so dark.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
A farmer taking flax to market, invoked the Devil to enable him to sell it well.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
The town carries on an extensive trade in grain, flax, hemp, wood, tar and leather.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
He was a broad-shouldered fellow, six feet in height, with a beard like flax, and a sunny, ingenuous countenance.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
The hair and beard can be made of flax.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
The yellow blossoms of the turnip and the blue flowers of the flax wither without fruit.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Dame Betsy and Dorothy made the flax into linen for the daughters' dowries.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
The flax-people have indeed lived to good purpose.
"The Strange Little Girl" by V. M.
Flax is used for making linen thread and cloth, yarn, twist, string fabric, and lace.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
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In poetry:

Mary: There's nothing there inside, mother,
But wool and thread and flax,
And bits of faded silk and velvet
And candles of white wax.
"The Cupboard" by Robert Graves
With willing hands she works in flax,
In wool, and many other things,
And, rising early in the morn,
Her household's portion duly brings.
"A Virtuous Woman" by Thomas Frederick Young
The sun had dried the garden seat;
The tall lithe flax nor bent nor swayed;
The tassels of the lime smelt sweet
Within the circle of its shade.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
As if I had no fire within
For thoughts to sit about;
As if I had no flax to spin,
No lamp to lure the good things in
And keep the bad things out.
"Sunday" by George MacDonald
He laid his hand on the iron chains
And like flax they moulder'd asunder,
And the coffin lid that was barr'd so firm
He burst with his voice of thunder.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
Was it light, was it shadow he followed,
That he swept through those desperate tracts,
With his hair beating back on his shoulders
Like the tops of the wind-hackled flax?
"Safi" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Baking powder 3 T. Milled flax seed 3 tsp.
One great way to get more flaxseed oil in your diet: Try Nutrition Garlic Chili Organic Flax Seed Oil as an alternative to olive oil for salad dressing.
Ground flax meal & wheat germ 2 tsp.
Add ground flax meal and ground wheat germ.
The medicinal New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.).
Chia seeds contain more omega 3 fatty acids than any other known plant, including flax.
The video shows Dr Flax sculpting the gums as he explains that learning to use a laser is similar to learning to use a handpiece.
Spelt Sourdough Bread with Flax Seeds.
2 tablespoons ground flax in.
Cutter & Buck, FLAX art & design, and The Right Start Adopt Mercent Retail.
Vital Vittles' Flax Seed Oat Bread.
Blueberry- Almond -Flax Breakfast Cookies.
Fresh ground flax seed meal.
Health concerns aside, a homemade bun also can be bolstered with sautéed onions or garlic, tweaked with wheat germ or flax, or embellished with sesame or poppy seeds.
The fine linen made from pure flax was for table cloths , women's wear, ornamental tidies and even fine stockings.
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In science:

The second component describes a wave field of radiation: it is proportional to acceleration 1−R . It is easy to show, that the energy flax of quasi-stationary fields decreases and decreases as 2−R .
Interaction description from the non-linear electromagnetic theory point of view
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