Lin"en, n. [Prop. an adj. from OE. lin flax, AS. ln flax, whence lnen made of flax; akin to OS., Icel., & MHG. ln 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.; as, bed linens "In linen white as milk." Robert of Brunne.
2. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.
Linen draper, a dealer in linen. --
Linen prover, a small microscope for counting the threads in a given space in linen fabrics. --
(Arch.), an ornament for filling panels, copied from the folds of a piece of stuff symmetrically disposed.
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