Definition of Phormium

1. n. A genus of liliaceous plants, consisting of one species (Phormium tenax). See Flax-plant.



Definition of Phormium

1. Noun. A liliaceous plant, the New Zealand flax. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phormium

1. a type of lily [n -S] - See also: lily

Medical Definition of Phormium

1. A genus of liliaceous plants, consisting of one species (Phormium tenax). See Flax-plant. Origin: NL. Fr. Gr. A plaited mat, a kind of plant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Phormium

phorbol ester
phorbol esters
phorbols
phorboxazole
phoresies
phoresis
phoresy
phoretic
phoria
phorid
phorids
phormicin
phorminges
phorminx
phorminxes
phormium (current term)
phormiums
phoro-
phorone
phoronid
phoronids
phoronis
phoronomics
phorophyte
phorophytes
phoropter
phoropters
phorusrhacid
phorusrhacids

Literary usage of Phormium

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1873)
"Two pieces of cloth, showing how well the phormium mixes with Rina flax. ... Light sacking, pure phormium fibre. The yarn made from rather fine tow. 11. ..."

2. A Practical Flora for Schools and Colleges by Oliver Rivington Willis (1894)
"phormium, Forst. Perianth incurved, segments connate at the base, in a short, top-shaped tube, the three exterior segments lanceolate, the three interior ..."

3. Adventure in New Zealand by Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1845)
"phormium tenax, or flax—Details of its manufacture—Flax-trade hitherto unsuccessful—The reasons—Flax agitation— Otaki— The Rev. Octavius Hadfield—His energy ..."

4. Select Extra-tropical Plants Readily Eligible for Industrial Culture Or by Ferdinand von Mueller (1884)
"For further details on the utilization of this plant, the elaborate report of the New Zealand Commission for phormium should be consulted. ..."

5. Quarterly Compendium of Medical Science by D. G. Brinton (1886)
"The Therapeutic Value of phormium Tenax. Mr. FRANCIS A. MONCKTON, surgeon-superintendent ... published the result of his experience with phormium tenax. ..."

6. Remarks on the Past and Present State of New Zealand, Its Government by Walter Brodie (1845)
"... expense to this country of a board for this purpose is too insignificant for any comment thereon. INDIGENOUS EXPORTS. New Zealand Flax (phormium ..."

7. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement: With Other Early Essays by Samuel Butler, Richard Alexander Streatfeild (1914)
"... to Port Lyttelton and Ship— phormium Tenax—Visit to a Farm—Moa Bones. /ANUARY 27, 1860.—Oh, the heat! the clear transparent atmosphere, and the dust! ..."

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