Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries more quickly than cotton. Garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.
The word linen is of West Germanic origin and cognate to the Latin name for the flax plant, linum, and the earlier Greek. This word history has given rise to a number of other terms in English, most notably line, from the use of a linen thread to determine a straight line. Many products are made of linen: aprons, bags, towels , napkins, bed linens, tablecloths, runners, chair covers, and men's and women's wear.