Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unsaturated fatty acid, C17H31COOH, considered essential to the human diet, that is an important component of drying oils, such as linseed oil.

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  • n. an polyunsaturated fatty acid, having 18 carbon atoms and two double bonds, essential for human nutrition; it is found in linseed, sunflower and other vegetable oils

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid abundant in plant fats and oils; a fatty acid essential for nutrition; used to make soap

Etymologies

Greek linon, flax; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots + oleic acid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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