Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Linen

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_6932

\li-nәn\ adj [ME, fr. OE līnen, fr. līn flax, fr. L linum flax; akin to Gk linon flax, thread] (before 12c) Cellulosic fibers derived from the stem of the flax plant or a fabric made from these fibers. Linen fibers are much stronger and more lustrous that cotton; they yield cool, absorbent fabrics that wrinkle easily. Fabrics with linen-like texture and coolness but with good wrinkle resistance can be produced from manufactured fibers and blends.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA