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Strong's #3043 - λίνον

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  1. linen clothing made from flax
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Strong #: 906 ‑ בַּד (bad);  6593 ‑ פֵּשֶׁת (pish‑teh');  6594 ‑ פִּשְׁתָּה (pish‑taw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

λίνον [ ], τό,

I anything made of flax (v. fin.)

1. cord, fishingline, Il. 16.408; thread spun from a distaff, E. Or. 1431 (lyr.), Archipp. 38, etc.: pl., E. Tr. 537 (lyr.); thread for stringing jewels, ὅρμον χρυσείοισι λίνοισιν ἐερμένον h.Ap. 103; ἄλλα παντοδαπὰ χρυσᾶ ἀνηρμένα ἐπὶ λίνου IG 11(2).208.22 (Delos, iii B. C.); thread used as a ligature, Gal. 2.669.

2. metaph., thread of destiny spun by the Fates, Il. 20.128, Od. 7.198, etc.: pl., τά γε μὰν λ. πάντα λελοίπει ἐκ Μοιρᾶν Theoc. 1.139, cf. Call. Lav.Pall. 104; ὑπὲρ τὸ λ., = ὑπὲρ μόρον, Luc. JConf. 2.

3. prov., with or without neg., λίνον λίνῳ συνάπτειν, i. e. join like with like, deal with matters of like kind, Pl. Euthd. 298c, Stratt. 38, Arist. Ph. 207a17.

4. fishing-net, ἀψῖσι λίνου ἁλόντε Il. 5.487, cf. κλωστήρ 11; also, hunting-net, Theoc. 8.58, 27.17; for catching birds, D.S. 1.60, AP 9.396 (Paul. Sil.), 343 (Arch.); λ. δορκάδεια hunting-nets for gazelles, PCair.Zen. 524 (iii B. C.).

5. linen, linen-cloth, Il. 9.661, Od. 13.73, 118: pl., linen cloths, linen garments, A. Supp. 121, 132 (both lyr.): sg., linen garment, Revelation 15:6; sail-cloth, Ar. Ra. 364, A.R. 1.565, etc.

6. flax for spinning, λίνου μεστὸν ἄτρακτον Ar. Ra. 1347, cf. PRLaws 39.7 (iii B. C.), etc.; λ. Καρπάσιον asbestos, Paus. 1.26.7.


1. the plant flax, Linum usitatissimum, λίνον ἐργάζεσθαι Hdt. 2.105, etc.; λίνου σπέρμα linseed, Th. 4.26: pl., ἡ ἐκ των λ. δημιουργία Pl. Plt. 280c.

2. = θυμελαία, Dsc. 4.172.

3. = χρυσόγονον, ib.56.

4. λ. πύρινον, an unknown plant, Thphr. HP 9.18.6.

5. λ. ἀπὸ τῶν δενδρέων cotton, Gossypium herbaceum, Nearch. ap. Arr. Ind. 1.16.1.

III v. Λίνος 11. (Lith. linaĩ pl. 'flax', with as in Gr., but Lat. linum, O E. lin, etc. with ῑ: ῑ also in the doubtful words λινόσαρκος, λινοπτάομαι, ἀμφίλινος.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

λίνον (Treg. λίνον (so R G in Matt. as below), incorrectly, for the iota is short; (cf. Lipsius, Gramm. Uutersuch., p. 42)), λινου, τό, the Sept. several times for פִּשְׁתָּה, in Greek writings from Homer down, flax: Exodus 9:31; linen, as clothing, Revelation 15:6 R G T Tr marginal reading; the wick of a lamp, Matthew 12:20, after Isaiah 42:3.

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(Tr. λῖνον ), -ου , τό ,

[in LXX: Exodus 9:31 (H6594), al.;]

1. flax: Matthew 12:20 (LXX).

2. linen: Revelation 15:6 (R, mg., see λίθος ).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

λίνον is used with reference to ";linen"; cloths or garments, as in Revelation 15:6 PQ (see contra WH Notes.2, p. 139), in such passages as P Oxy X. 1281.6 (A.D. 21) τὴν τειμὴν τῶν ἑκατὸν λίνων Σινυραιτικ ̣ω ̣ν ̣. ";the price of the hundred cloths of Sinaru,"; P Tebt II. 314.16 (ii/A.D.) καλῶς π [ο ]ιήσις διαπεμψάμενός μοι τὰ λίνα, ";you will oblige me by sending the cloths,"; ib 406.18 (c. A.D. 266) λίνα λευκὰ ἀριθμῷ ι ̄[̄β ̄]̄, ";white linen cloths twelve in number,"; P Leid Wviii. 2 (ii/iii A.D.) στώλισον αὐτὸν λίνῳ καθαρῷ, xv. 4 σὺ δ᾽ ἐν λίνοις ἴσθι καθαροῖς ἑστημμένος, BGU II, 450.17 (ii/iii A.D.) περὶ τῶν λίνων, ὧν χρείαν ἔλεγες ἔχειν, δήλωσόν μοι, al. : cf. P Oxy IV. 736.75 (c. A.D. 1) λίνου καὶ ῥαφίδος (ὀβολός), ";a needle and thread 1 ob."; (Edd.). As illustrating Rev l.c. Moffatt (EGT ad l.) aptly cites Plutarch de Iside, 3, 4, where it is explained that the linen surplice was affected by Egyptian votaries of Isis on religious grounds, e.g. the bright smiling colour of flax etc. In Ev. Petr. 12 τὰ λίνα = ";fishing-nets."; For the adj. λινοῦς, as in Revelation 15:6 א, cf. P Oxy II. 285.11 (c. A.D. 50) ἐνδεδυμένο (l. ος) χιτῶνα λ ̣ε ̣ι ̣νοῦν, ib. VII. 1051.16 (iii/A.D.) δελματικὴ ̣ λινᾶ ̣α ̣̄ ";1 linen Dalmatian vest,"; ib. X. 1277.7 (A.D. 255) τρίκλιν [ο ]ν στρω ̣μα ̣τ ̣ω ̣ν ̣ λινω ̣ν ποικιλτῶν : in PSI V. 533.5 (iii/B.C.) λινῆ αὐλαία, ";a linen curtain,"; is contrasted with a ";woollen"; (ἐρεᾶ) one. For λίνυφος, ";linen-weaver,"; see P Oxy X. 1281.4 (A.D. 21) : cf. λινόυφος in ib. 1303 (c. A.D. 336).


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