Etymology
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linseed (n.)

Old English linsæd "seed of flax," from līn "flax" (see linen) + sæd "seed" (see seed (n.)). Used in ancient times as a source of medical treatments, in later use to produce linseed oil, used in paint, ink, varnishes, etc.

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Definitions of linseed

linseed (n.)
the seed of flax used as a source of oil;
Synonyms: flaxseed
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