Etymology
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flax (n.)

Old English fleax "flax plant; cloth made with flax, linen," from Proto-Germanic *flakhsan (source also of Old Frisian flax, Middle Dutch and Dutch vlas, Old Saxon flas, Old High German flahs, German Flachs), probably from Proto-Germanic base *fleh- "to plait," from PIE root *plek- "to plait." But some connect it with PIE *pleik- (see flay) from the notion of "stripping" fiber to prepare it.

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Definitions of flax

flax (n.)
fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric;
flax (n.)
plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem;
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