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[li-noh-lee-uh m] /lɪˈnoʊ li əm/
a hard, washable floor covering formed by coating burlap or canvas with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin, and adding pigments to create the desired colors and patterns.
any floor covering similar to this.
Origin of linoleum
1863; < Latin līn(um) flax, linen + oleum oil; formerly trademark Unabridged
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Examples from the web for linoleum
  • Suddenly, she toppled forward, collapsing onto the linoleum floor.
  • It's as if a giant bowl of mixed nuts had dropped off a kitchen counter onto white linoleum.
  • But a moment later, when he pounded the linoleum floor with his thick wooden heel, the crowd scurried.
  • The kitchen has new hickory cabinets, a linoleum floor, a dishwasher and a microwave.
  • Another added attraction is the kitchen table with its peeling linoleum top that served as her studio.
  • Long narrow nervous feet, bare toes kneading the linoleum tile.
  • New carpeting in bedrooms, new linoleum in master bath.
  • The range of media, from computer illustrations to linoleum prints, is so broad that oil paintings seem positively quaint.
  • There are holes in the ceiling, the linoleum floor sags, and handwritten signs plaster the walls.
  • Most people eat standing up at plain white linoleum counters in a squat, industrial-style brick building.
British Dictionary definitions for linoleum


a sheet material made of hessian, jute, etc, coated under pressure and heat with a mixture of powdered cork, linseed oil, rosin, and pigment, used as a floor covering Often shortened to lino
Word Origin
C19: from Latin līnum flax + oleum oil
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Word Origin and History for linoleum

1860, coined by English inventor Frederick Walton (1837-1928), from Latin linum "flax, linen" (see linen) + oleum "oil" (see oil (n.)). Originally, a preparation of solidified linseed oil used to coat canvas for making floor coverings; the word was applied to the flooring material itself after 1878. The Linoleum Manufacturing Company was formed 1864.

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