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Linen. A cloth made from flax. Leviticus 13:47. Several Hebrew words are rendered linen. Egypt was the great centre of the linen trade. Proverbs 7:16; 1 Kings 10:28, A. V., but the R. V. reads differently. Some linen made from the Egyptian byssus, a flax that grew on the banks of the Nile, was soft like silk and of dazzling whiteness. This linen has been sold for twice its weight in gold. Sir J. G. Wilkinson says of it: "The quality of the fine linen fully justifies all the praises of antiquity, and excites equal admiration at the present day, being to the touch comparable to silk, and not inferior in texture to our finest cambric."

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Linen'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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