Origin of linseed

before 1000; Middle English linsed, Old English līnsǣd. See line1, seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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another name for flaxseed

Word Origin for linseed

Old English līnsǣd, from līn flax + sǣd seed
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Word Origin and History for linseed

Old English linsæd "seed of flax," widely regarded in ancient times as a source of medical treatments, from lin "flax" (see linen) + sæd "seed" (see seed).

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