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

  • n. The seed of flax, the source of linseed oil and emollient medicinal preparations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The seed of the flax plant; a source of linseed oil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seed of the flax; linseed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seed of flax; linseed.
  • n. The Radiola Millegrana, a European plant allied to the common flax, and having similar seed-pods. (See water-flaxseed.)
  • Resembling a flaxseed: an epithet specifically applied to the pupa stage of some insects.

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

  • n. the seed of flax used as a source of oil


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