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  1. the seed of flax, yielding linseed oil; linseed.
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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


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


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

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