1 any herbaceous plant or shrub of the genus Linum, esp. L. usitatissimum, which has blue flowers and is cultivated for its seeds (flaxseed) and for the fibres of its stems: family Linaceae
2 the fibre of this plant, made into thread and woven into linen fabrics
3 any of various similar plants
4 (N.Z.) a swamp plant producing a fibre that is used by Maoris for decorative work, baskets, etc. (Old English fleax; related to Old Frisian flax, Old High German flahs flax, Greek plekein to plait)
n (N.Z) a basket woven from flax fibres
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