Word of the DayThursday, October 13, 2011
\FLAK-suhn\ , adjective;
Of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax or linen.
The man with the flaxen beard rushed across to tell him and then hurried out by the archway.
-- H.G. Wells, When the Sleeper Wakes
From it there descended two men - one flaxen haired and tall, and the other dark haired and of slighter build.
-- Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
Flaxen, related to flax, is probably from Proto-Germanic base fleh-, meaning "to weave, plait."
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