hax

I recently read the following line in Orson Scott Card’s novel Prentice Alvin, talking about a magical thing shaped like a hexagon:

…lay hexes down on a table and they'd fit snug together, as perfect as squares, only stronger, woven not with warp and weft, but with warp and weft and hax.

I’m guessing that Card made up the word hax, but I wonder if there’s some other similar word that he based it on. TSOR didn’t help—most of the search results for [hax] are OCR typos for flax.

Any of you know anything more about the word hax in this context? Or whether there’s another term for the third hexagonal direction if you’re weaving a hexagonal pattern?

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