Coined c. 1864 by inventor Frederick Walton, from Latin linum (“‘flax’”) + oleum (“‘oil’”). Used as a trade name but never registered as a trademark, it was the first product whose name was ruled to be genericized.
- An inexpensive waterproof covering used especially for floors, made from solidified linseed oil over a burlap or canvas backing, or from its modern replacement, polyvinyl chloride.
- lino (colloquial)
From English linoleum.
Linoleum m. sg.