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A field of flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Etymology

West Germanic, representing Proto-Germanic *flahsom, from Proto-Indo-European *plek- (to plait). Cognate with Old Frisian flax, Old Saxon *flahs (Dutch vlas), Old High German flahs (German Flachs); the Northern Germanic (and most likely the Gothic too[1]) stem is different.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
flax

Plural
es

flax (es)
  1. A plant of the genus Linum, esp. L. usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. Also known as linseed, especially when referring to the seeds.
  2. The fibers of Linum usitatissimum, grown to make linen and related textiles.

Usage notes

The plural flaxes is used to indicate multiple species or varieties of flax; otherwise, flax is uncountable.

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Swedish

Noun

flax

Declination for flax Singular Uncountable
Neuter Indefinite Definite
Nominative flax flaxet
Genitive flaxs flaxets
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References

  • Notes:
  1. ^ Etymology in the Deutsches Wörterbuch of Jakob und Wilhelm Grimm: "however, Old Norse hör ... The Gothic word has not been transmitted, but one might guess harvs"

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