What does the word flax mean?

Usage examples for flax

  1. Dutch paper as flax paper is still called, though it is no longer made in Holland, is slightly sized; but every sheet is sized separately by hand, and this increases the cost of production. – Eve and David by Honore de Balzac
  2. After the most exact search not a single plant of the New Zealand flax could be found, though we had been taught to believe it abounded there. – A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench