flax·​seed | \ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd \

Definition of flaxseed 

: the small seed of flax (especially Linum usitatissimum) used especially as a source of oil, as a demulcent and emollient, and as a dietary supplement

called also linseed

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Fiber from flaxseed can keep us satisfied and full without contributing any calories. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss," 8 Mar. 2018 Although research is limited on this, Drew recommends consuming anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fatty fish including salmon, tuna and herring, and also from walnuts and flaxseeds. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 Those ingredients include flaxseed oil, hemp-seed oil, rice bran, black currant and coconut and grape seed oils. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 Focus on the Omega-3 foods: salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, egg yolks, etc. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Fix Your Dehydrated Skin," 3 July 2018 Brush with buttermilk and top with oats and remaining 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and 2 teaspoon flaxseeds. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Irish Soda Bread," 12 Feb. 2018 In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, oats, coconut chips, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and cardamom. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 Ginger Flax Dressing Makes about 1 cup Ingredients: 6 T flaxseed oil 5 T lemon juice 2 T tamari 2 T finely grated fresh ginger 1 T Bragg Liquid Aminos 1 ½ T coconut nectar 2 tsp. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018 For a healthier scalp: Fatty fish (like salmon and trout), walnuts, and flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fats, which can prevent dry scalp and dandruff. Johnny Miller, Allure, "The Great-Hair Diet: What to Eat for Stronger, Healthier Hair," 30 May 2018

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1562, in the meaning defined above

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flax·​seed | \ˈflak-ˌsēd \

Kids Definition of flaxseed

: the seed of flax from which linseed oil comes


flax·​seed | \ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd \

Medical Definition of flaxseed 

: the small seed of flax (especially Linum usitatissimum) used especially as a source of oil, as a demulcent and emollient in treating inflammatory conditions of the respiratory, intestinal, and urinary passages, and as a dietary supplement

called also linseed

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