Definition of linseed in US English:



  • 1The seeds of the flax plant, which are the source of linseed oil and linseed cake.

    Also called flaxseed
    • ‘Similarly, in a study of soy versus linseed versus wheat supplemented diets the reduction in the rate of hot flushes after 12 weeks was greatest in the wheat diet phase, when the women had very low urine isoflavone excretion.’
    • ‘Choose cereal based products such as breads which include soy, linseed and rye.’
    • ‘And, for the record, I've found my perfect sandwich loaf a mixture of Carrs strong white, coarse brown and wholemeal with caraway, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and linseeds.’
    • ‘Flax seeds - sometimes called linseeds - are tiny golden seeds from the flax plant.’
    • ‘Flax is currently grown here for its seed, linseed, mostly in North Dakota.’
    • ‘The staple diet of maple peas, tic beans and vetches slowly grows to incorporate red rape, black rape, dari, linseed and mung beans.’
    • ‘Northbound traffic had to be diverted for a number of hours while the truck and its load of linseed and rape-seed was cleared from the motorway.’
    • ‘Safflower, sunflower, hemp, linseed, sesame, black currant and pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of EFA's, protein, plant hormones and fibre.’
    • ‘In 1984, when famine was at its height, the country was still exporting linseed, cottonseed and rapeseed grains to the UK and Europe for livestock feed.’
    • ‘Suggested foods rich in natural oestrogen are pulses, linseed, nuts, Began bread, and plants containing natural phyto chemicals.’
    • ‘These can be found in seeds such as sunflower and linseed and some vegetable oils.’
    • ‘In the United States, flax is now grown for seed - linseed, for example - mostly in North Dakota.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a short-cut, try adding linseeds to your diet.’
    • ‘Crops such as oilseed and linseed which can be produced in bulk and processed quickly and efficiently may in future be modified to produce the anticoagulant hirudin which is found naturally in leeches.’
    • ‘Simply grind in a coffee grinder or high-powered blender 3 measures of linseed, two measures of sunflower seeds and one measure of almonds to make a delicious nutty tasting powder.’
    • ‘A high fibre diet, plenty of water, and a dessert spoon of linseeds each day should help.’
    • ‘Mild oily purgatives like castor oil or bulk laxatives such as linseed or psyllium seeds are recommended.’
    1. 1.1 The flax plant, especially when grown for linseed oil.
      • ‘The company also uses recycled plastic, newsprint, cork, wheat straw and linoleum, a natural product of linseed.’
      • ‘Farmers will stop growing sesame, linseed, mustard and groundnut in all their diversity since the markets for these crops will also be destroyed.’
      • ‘I even found myself asking the local farmer the other day if he could grow linseed in the field that backs onto my garden because the colour goes well with my pool house.’
      • ‘The many thousands of grains comprise not just emmer and naked barley, but also bread wheat - which points clearly to the Neolithic - and linseed.’
      • ‘We are surrounded by forest and huge fields of linseed, rape and mustard.’
      • ‘At High Mowthorpe, we were fortunate enough to finish harvest before the worst of the weather, although we do have a small acreage of winter linseed left to deal with.’
      • ‘The house is surrounded by fields, a sea of blue linseed and yellow rape.’
      • ‘Spring linseed lags some way behind now that the subsidy it attracts has been reduced.’
      • ‘It was an old-fashioned mill for grinding linseed, expressing the oil, and making oil-cake.’
      • ‘It mechanically extracts essential oils from various crops grown in Ireland, namely oilseed rape and linseed.’


Old English līnsǣd, from līn ‘flax’ + sǣd ‘seed’.