From Old English fleax, from Proto-Germanic *flahsą, from Proto-Indo-European *pleḱ- (“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) stem is different.
- IPA(key): /flæks/
- Rhymes: -æks
flax (countable and uncountable, plural flaxes)
- A plant of the genus Linum, especially Linum usitatissimum