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or flaxy

[flak-suh n] /ˈflæk sən/
made of flax.
pertaining to flax.
resembling flax.
of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax.
Origin of flaxen
1510-20; flax + -en2 Unabridged
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  • "Well, not quite so far as that," smiled Loveday, diligently brushing a flaxen mane ripply with plaiting.

  • She was plump, pleasant-looking, with a piquant smile and flaxen hair.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • He rose—a big fellow with heavy shoulders, a clean-shaven, youthful face, and flaxen hair.

    The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts
  • Netta knelt, and the garland was thrown over her flaxen curls.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Karen's fair skin was tanned so many shades darker than her flaxen locks that Valdemar and Karl hardly knew her.

    Our Little Danish Cousin Luna May Innes
  • And the wind, playing with his long, flaxen beard, flung it into his face.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Over her plump, freckled face she wore a flat cap, and her flaxen hair in two long braids down her back.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
  • On the second one of her visits to the child's room she put her hand on the flaxen head.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • It seemed incredible that thirty hours ago he had never set eyes on any of those three flaxen heads.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • No zest for her great noble frame, her surge of flaxen hair.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
British Dictionary definitions for flaxen


of, relating to, or resembling flax
of a soft yellow colour: flaxen hair
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Word Origin and History for flaxen

"made of flax," mid-15c., from flax + -en (2). As "the color of flax" (usually with reference to hair) it is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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