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Topic: MATERIAL, TEXTILES

Language: Old English
Origin: 'made of flax', from lin 'flax'

linen

noun
     
lin‧en [uncountable]
1DH sheets, tablecloths etc:
bed linen
table linen
2TIM cloth made from the flax plant, used to make high quality clothes, home decorations etc:
a linen jacket
3 old useDCC underwear

➔ wash your dirty laundry/linen

at dirty1 (7)
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