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flaxseed

[flaks-seed]
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noun
  1. the seed of flax, yielding linseed oil; linseed.

Origin of flaxseed

First recorded in 1555–65; flax + seed
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Examples from the Web for flaxseed

Historical Examples

  • It is emollient and, in decoction, is used as a substitute for flaxseed.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • You might take this pitcher of flaxseed tea to Floretta's cabin, if you've nothing else to do.

    The Battle Ground

    Ellen Glasgow

  • The flaxseed remedy is for 'Dust and Cinders in the Eye,' on the line above.

  • Demulcent washes of elm, sassafras-pith, or flaxseed are often more soothing than simple water.

  • Decoctions of flaxseed, slippery elm, acacia, etc. are suitable demulcents and protectives.


British Dictionary definitions for flaxseed

flaxseed

noun
  1. the seed of the flax plant, which yields linseed oilAlso called: linseed
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Word Origin and History for flaxseed

n.

1560s, from flax + seed (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper