Word of the Day Archive
Thursday October 13, 2011
1. Of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax or linen.
2. Resembling flax.
3. Pertaining to flax.
4. Made of flax.
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."