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[li-noh-lee-uh m] /lɪˈnoʊ li əm/

a hard, washable floor covering formed by coating burlap or canvas with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin, and adding pigments to create the desired colors and patterns.
any floor covering similar to this.
a sheet material made of hessian, jute, etc, coated under pressure and heat with a mixture of powdered cork, linseed oil, rosin, and pigment, used as a floor covering Often shortened to lino

1860, coined by English inventor Frederick Walton (1837-1928), from Latin linum “flax, linen” (see linen) + oleum “oil” (see oil (n.)). Originally, a preparation of solidified linseed oil used to coat canvas for making floor coverings; the word was applied to the flooring material itself after 1878. The Linoleum Manufacturing Company was formed 1864.


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