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linseed

Pronunciation: lin'sed

Definition: The dried ripe seed of Linum usitatissimum (family Linaceae), flax, the fiber of which is used in the manufacture of linen; an infusion was formerly used as a demulcent in catarrhal affections of the respiratory and urogenital tracts, and the ground seeds are used in making poultices.

Synonym(s): flaxseed

[G. linon, flax]

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