AskDefine | Define linum

Dictionary Definition

Linum n : a herbaceous plant genus of the family Linaceae with small sessile leaves [syn: genus Linum]

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Latin

Etymology

Cognate with Lithuanian linas, Greek λίνον, Russian sc=Cyrl, Albanian li.

Noun

  1. flax

Extensive Definition

Linum (flax) is a genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the family Linaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Among many other species, it includes the Common Flax (L. usitatissimum), the bast fibre of which is used to produce linen.
The flowers are light blue or white (yellow in some species) and there is an average of 6-10 seeds per boll.
Linum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Cabbage Moth, The Nutmeg, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Coleophora benedictella, which feeds exclusively on Linum narbonense.
linum in Arabic: كتان
linum in Bulgarian: Лен (растение)
linum in Danish: Hør
linum in German: Lein
linum in Spanish: Linum
linum in Esperanto: Lino
linum in French: Lin (plante)
linum in Upper Sorbian: Len
linum in Lithuanian: Linas
linum in Hungarian: Len
linum in Low German: Flass
linum in Polish: Len
linum in Portuguese: Linum
linum in Romanian: Linum
linum in Russian: Лён
linum in Turkish: Keten
linum in Samogitian: Lins
linum in Ukrainian: Льон
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