Lin"en (?), a. [OE., fr. lin linen. See Linen, n.


Made of linen; as, linen cloth; a linen stocking.


Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.


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Lin"en, n. [Prop. an adj. from OE. lin. flax, AS. lin flax, whence linen made of flax; akin to OS., Icel., & MHG. lin flax and linen, G. lein, leinen, linen, Sw. lin flax, Goth. lein linen, L. linum flax, linen, Gr. . Cf. Line, Linseed.]


Thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting, towels, tablecloths, etc.

"In linen white as milk."

Robert of Brunne.


Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.

<-- 3. pl. bed linens -->

Linen draper, a dealer in linen. -- Linen prover, a small microscope for counting the threads in a given space in linen fabrics. -- Linen scroll, Linen pattern Arch., an ornament for filling panels, copied from the folds of a piece of stuff symmetrically disposed. <-- bed linens, sheets and pillowcases for a bed. -->


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