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 for New Zealand flax
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Flax \Flax\ (fl[a^]ks), n. [AS. fleax; akin to D. vlas, OHG.
     flahs, G. flachs, and prob. to flechten to braid, plait,m
     twist, L. plectere to weave, plicare to fold, Gr. ? to weave,
     plait. See Ply.]
     1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Linum, esp. the L.
        usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a
        foot and a half high, with blue flowers. The fiber of the
        bark is used for making thread and cloth, called linen,
        cambric, lawn, lace, etc. Linseed oil is expressed from
        the seed.
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     2. The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken
        and cleaned by hatcheling or combing.
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     Earth flax (Min.), amianthus.
     Flax brake, a machine for removing the woody portion of
        flax from the fibrous.
     Flax comb, a hatchel, hackle, or heckle.
     Flax cotton, the fiber of flax, reduced by steeping in
        bicarbonate of soda and acidulated liquids, and prepared
        for bleaching and spinning like cotton. --Knight.
     Flax dresser, one who breaks and swingles flax, or prepares
        it for the spinner.
     Flax mill, a mill or factory where flax is spun or linen
     Flax puller, a machine for pulling flax plants in the
     Flax wench.
        (a) A woman who spins flax. [Obs.]
        (b) A prostitute. [Obs.] --Shak.
     Mountain flax (Min.), amianthus.
     New Zealand flax (Bot.) See Flax-plant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  New Zealand \New` Zea"land\
     A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
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     New Zealand flax.
     (a) (Bot.) A tall, liliaceous herb ({Phormium tenax), having
         very long, sword-shaped, distichous leaves which furnish
         a fine, strong fiber very valuable for cordage and the
     (b) The fiber itself.
     New Zealand tea (Bot.), a myrtaceous shrub ({Leptospermum
        scoparium) of New Zealand and Australia, the leaves of
        which are used as a substitute for tea.
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