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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Linen  \Lin"en\  (l[i^]n"[e^]n),  a.  [OE.,  fr  lin  linen.  See 
  {Linen},  n.] 
  1.  Made  of  linen;  as  linen  cloth;  a  linen  stocking. 
 
  2.  Resembling  linen  cloth;  white;  pale. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Linen  \Lin"en\,  n.  [Prop.  an  adj  from  OE  lin  flax,  AS  l[=i]n 
  flax,  whence  l[=i]nen  made  of  flax;  akin  to  OS.,  Icel.,  & 
  MHG.  l[=i]n  flax  and  linen,  G.  lein,  leinen,  linen,  Sw  lin 
  flax,  Goth.  lein  linen,  L.  linum  flax,  linen,  Gr  li`non.  Cf 
  {Line},  {Linseed}.] 
  1.  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 
 
  2.  Underclothing,  esp.  the  shirt,  as  being  in  former  times, 
  chiefly  made  of  linen. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  linen 
  n  1:  a  fabric  woven  with  fibers  from  the  flax  plant 
  2:  a  high-quality  paper  made  of  linen  fibers  or  with  a  linen 
  finish  [syn:  {linen  paper}] 
  3:  white  goods  or  clothing  made  with  linen  cloth 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Linen 
  (1.)  Heb.,  pishet  pishtah  denotes  "flax,"  of  which  linen  is 
  made  (Isa.  19:9);  wrought  flax,  i.e.,  "linen  cloth",  Lev.  13:47, 
  48,  52,  59;  Deut.  22:11. 
 
  Flax  was  early  cultivated  in  Egypt  (Ex.  9:31),  and  also  in 
  Palestine  (Josh.  2:6;  Hos.  2:9).  Various  articles  were  made  of 
  it:  garments  (2  Sam.  6:14),  girdles  (Jer.  13:1),  ropes  and 
  thread  (Ezek.  40:3),  napkins  (Luke  24:12;  John  20:7),  turbans 
  (Ezek.  44:18),  and  lamp-wicks  (Isa.  42:3). 
 
  (2.)  Heb.  buts,  "whiteness;"  rendered  "fine  linen"  in  1  Chr. 
  4:21;  15:27;  2  Chr.  2:14;  3:14;  Esther  1:6;  8:15,  and  "white 
  linen"  2  Chr.  5:12.  It  is  not  certain  whether  this  word  means 
  cotton  or  linen. 
 
  (3.)  Heb.  bad  rendered  linen"  Ex  28:42;  39:28;  Lev.  6:10; 
  16:4,  23,  32;  1  Sam.  2:18;  2  Sam.  6:14,  etc  It  is  uniformly 
  used  of  the  sacred  vestments  worn  by  the  priests.  The  word  is 
  from  a  root  signifying  "separation." 
 
  (4.)  Heb.  shesh;  rendered  "fine  linen"  Ex  25:4;  26:1,  31,  36, 
  etc  In  Prov.  31:22  it  is  rendered  in  Authorized  Version  "silk," 
  and  in  Revised  Version  "fine  linen."  The  word  denotes  Egyptian 
  linen  of  peculiar  whiteness  and  fineness  (byssus).  The  finest 
  Indian  linen,  the  finest  now  made  has  in  an  inch  one  hundred 
  threads  of  warp  and  eighty-four  of  woof;  while  the  Egyptian  had 
  sometimes  one  hundred  and  forty  in  the  warp  and  sixty-four  in 
  the  woof.  This  was  the  usual  dress  of  the  Egyptian  priest. 
  Pharaoh  arrayed  Joseph  in  a  dress  of  linen  (Gen.  41:42). 
 
  (5.)  Heb.  'etun.  Prov.  7:16,  "fine  linen  of  Egypt;"  in  Revised 
  Version,  "the  yarn  of  Egypt." 
 
  (6.)  Heb.  sadin.  Prov.  31:24,  "fine  linen;"  in  Revised 
  Version,  "linen  garments"  (Judg.  14:12,  13;  Isa.  3:23).  From 
  this  Hebrew  word  is  probably  derived  the  Greek  word  sindon, 
  rendered  linen"  in  Mark  14:51,  52;  15:46;  Matt.  27:59. 
 
  The  word  linen"  is  used  as  an  emblem  of  moral  purity  (Rev. 
  15:6).  In  Luke  16:19  it  is  mentioned  as  a  mark  of  luxury. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LINEN,  n.  "A  kind  of  cloth  the  making  of  which  when  made  of  hemp, 
  entails  a  great  waste  of  hemp."  --  Calcraft  the  Hangman. 
 
 




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