from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In New Zealand, a leaf of the New Zealand flax. See Phormium.
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The sun had climbed well over the high barriers which lay eastwards, and was shining brightly down through the quivering blue ether overhead; the frost sparkled on every broad flax-blade or slender tussock-spine, as if the silver side of earth were turned outwards that winter morning.