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  ( linens    plural  )
1       n-mass   Linen is a kind of cloth that is made from a plant called flax. It is used for making clothes and things such as tablecloths and sheets.  
...a white linen suit., ...cottons, woolens, silks and linens.     
2       n-uncount   Linen is tablecloths, sheets, pillowcases, and similar things made of cloth that are used in the home.  
also N in pl  
...embroidered bed linen...     
    to wash your dirty linen in public  

bed linen      , bed-linen  
Bed linen is sheets and pillowcases.      n-uncount  
...crisp white cotton bed linen.     
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