The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flax \Flax\ (fl[a^]ks), n. [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.]
1. (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
2. The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken
and cleaned by hatcheling or combing.
Earth flax (Min.), amianthus.
Flax brake, a machine for removing the woody portion of
flax from the fibrous.
Flax comb, a hatchel, hackle, or heckle.
Flax cotton, the fiber of flax, reduced by steeping in
bicarbonate of soda and acidulated liquids, and prepared
for bleaching and spinning like cotton. --Knight.
Flax dresser, one who breaks and swingles flax, or prepares
it for the spinner.
Flax mill, a mill or factory where flax is spun or linen
Flax puller, a machine for pulling flax plants in the
(a) A woman who spins flax. [Obs.]
(b) A prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak.
Mountain flax (Min.), amianthus.
New Zealand flax (Bot.) See Flax-plant.