linseed

linseed
The dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum (family Linaceae), flax, the fiber of which is used in the manufacture of linen; an infusion was used as a demulcent in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urogenital tracts, and the ground seeds are used in making poultices. SYN: flaxseed. [G. linon, flax]
- l. oil a fatty oil expressed from the ripe seeds of Linum usitatissimum; used in the preparation of lime liniment. SYN: flaxseed oil.

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lin·seed 'lin-.sēd n FLAXSEED

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lin·seed (linґsēd) the dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum, used topically as a demulcent and emollient and orally as a laxative and as a source of the essential fatty acid α-linolenic acid. It may have antioxidant properties. The seeds are also processed to obtain linseed oil. Linseed contains the cyanogen linamarin, and cyanide poisoning may occur in animals eating large quantities of it. Called also flaxseed.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Linseed — Lin seed (l[i^]n s[=e]d ), n. [OE. lin flax + seed. See {Linen}.] (Bot.) The seeds of flax, from which linseed oil is obtained. [Written also {lintseed}.] [1913 Webster] {Linseed cake}, the solid mass or cake which remains when oil is expressed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • linseed — O.E. linsæd seed of flax, widely regarded in ancient times as a source of medical treatments, from lin flax (see LINEN (Cf. linen)) + sæd seed (see SEED (Cf. seed)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • linseed — ► NOUN ▪ the seeds of the flax plant. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • linseed — [lin′sēd΄] n. [ME linsed < OE linsæd < lin, flax (see LINE2) + sæd, SEED] the seed of flax; flaxseed …   English World dictionary

  • linseed — /lin seed /, n. flaxseed. [bef. 1000; ME linsed, OE linsaed. See LINE1, SEED] * * * ▪ botany also called  flaxseed (flax)        seed of a variety of the common flax, Linum usitatissimum, grown for its yield of linseed oil and meal. This variety… …   Universalium

  • linseed — n. the seed of flax. Phrases and idioms: linseed cake pressed linseed used as cattle food. linseed meal ground linseed. linseed oil oil extracted from linseed and used in paint and varnish. Etymology: OE linsaeligd f. lin flax + saeligd seed …   Useful english dictionary

  • linseed — noun The seed of the flax plant, which yields linseed oil The Ancients widely regarded linseed as a source of medical treatments Syn: flaxseed See Also: linen …   Wiktionary

  • linseed — noun Linseed is used before these nouns: ↑oil …   Collocations dictionary

  • linseed — /ˈlɪnsid / (say linseed) noun the seed of flax. {Middle English linsed, Old English līnsǣd, from līn flax + sǣd seed} …  

  • linseed — sėjamasis linas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Lininių šeimos aliejinis, maistinis, pašarinis, pluoštinis, vaistinis kultūrinis nuodingas augalas (Linum usitatissimum). atitikmenys: lot. Linum crepitans; Linum humile; Linum usitatissimum;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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