Uncertain. Could be from a Proto-Indo-European *linon, with cognates including Old Church Slavonic льнъ (lĭnŭ), Latin līnum, and Gothic 𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌽 (lein). However, the Latin and Germanic forms have a long i. Could also be a loanword to Latin and Ancient Greek which other languages borrowed.
- (5th BC Attic): IPA: /línon/
- (1st BC Egyptian): IPA: /línon/
- (4th AD Koine): IPA: /línon/
- (10th AD Byzantine): IPA: /línon/
- (15th AD Constantinopolitan): IPA: /línon/
- anything made of flax
- the plant flax