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

  • n. The seed of flax, especially when used as the source of linseed oil; flaxseed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The seed of the flax plant, which yields linseed oil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The seeds of flax, from which linseed oil is obtained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seed of lint or flax; flaxseed.

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

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


Middle English linsed, from Old English līnsǣd : līn, flax (from Latin līnum; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots) + sǣd, seed; see seed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English linsæd ("seed of flax"), from lin ("flax") + sæd ("seed") (Wiktionary)



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