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Flax
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Flax
Flax (פֵּשֶׁת‎, pesheth). A plant whose stalk and fibers were used for spinning (Hos 2:5–9; Prov 31:13), producing rope (Judg 15:14), and creating garments of linen (Deut 22:11; Jer 13:1; Ezek 44:17). For more information on uses of flax, see these articles: Spinning; Weaving; Clothing.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Flax
Flax. Cultivated plant providing one of the oldest of textile fibers. The term may also refer to the fiber itself, thread spun from it, or the woven linen cloth.See Plants; Cloth, Cloth Manufacturing.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Flax
Flax [Heb. pešeṯ, pištâ; Akk. pištu; Gk. línon]. The Hebrew terms are used to describe the plant in bloom (Ex. 9:31), the stalks placed on the roof to dry (Josh. 2:6), and the fibers used for illumination (Isa. 42:3; 43:17). Isa. 19:9 refers to “combed” flax, i.e., ready for spinning (Heb. pištîm
Tow
Tow [Heb. neʿōreṯ] (Jgs. 16:9; Isa. 1:31). The coarser part of flax, with short threads, used as example of easily flammable material. In Isa. 43:17, AV, “tow” represents Heb. pištâ, the usual word for “flax,” here used for a wick (as in Isa. 42:3; Mt. 12:20).
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Flax
FLAX Cultivated plant providing one of the oldest textile fibers. The term may also refer to the fiber itself, thread spun from it, or the woven linen cloth. See Cloth and Cloth Manufacturing; Plants.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Flax
flax (Linum usitatissimum), a delicate plant with blue flowers. It has been known since prehistoric times in the Near East. It is the earliest known cultivated fiber plant and was used to make linen of varying quality for temple vestments (Exod. 25:4) as well as for ordinary garments, sails, nets, and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Tow
TOW. The Heb. word n˓ōret means the refuse of the flax produced in the manufacture of linen and occasioned by the processes of pounding and carding the fibers. Its highly inflammable nature was proverbial (Jdg 16:9), and it was used as a effective emblem of the speedy disintegration of the unrighteous
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Flax
FLAX (Heb. pištâ in Ex. 9:31 and Is. 42:3; pišteh elsewhere in the OT; Gk. linon in Mt. 12:20). Used chiefly in making *linen, flax (Linum usitatissimum) is the oldest of the textile fibres. The plant grows often to a height of 1 m, and produces beautiful blue flowers. From the shiny seeds comes linseed
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Flax, Linen
Flax, LinenA winter annual plant with slender long stems (Linum usitatissimum L.). The stem of the flax plant produces fibers for weaving into linen fabrics, while its seeds produce oil that can be used for eating and for lamp oil. However, the best fibers for spinning into linen are those that are
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Flax
Flax (Heb. pešeṯ, pištâ; cf. Akk. pištu; Gk. línon). An annual herb (Linum usitatissumum L.) with lanceshaped leaves spread along a sturdy stem and five-petal blue or white flowers almost 1.5 cm. (.6 in.) long. When dried and combed, the stalks yield linen fibers; the seeds can be crushed
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Flax
Flax, a well-known plant with yellowish stem and bright-blue flowers. Its fibres are employed in the manufacture of linen. The root contains an oil, and after the oil is expressed is used as a food for cattle. Egypt was celebrated for the culture of flax and the manufacture of linen. The spinning was
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Tow
TOW (tō). Better, flax (which see, Vegetable Kingdom). The coarse and broken part of flax hemp or jute, separated by the hatchel or swingle and ready for spinning. Heb. n˓ōret, Judg. 16:9. It is extremely inflammable.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Flax
Flax(Heb. pishtah, i.e., “peeled”, in allusion to the fact that the stalks of flax when dried were first split or peeled before being steeped in water for the purpose of destroying the pulp). This plant was cultivated from earliest times. The flax of Egypt was destroyed by the plague of hail when it
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