flax·​seed | \ ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd How to pronounce flaxseed (audio) \

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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Order: flaxseed chilaquiles, chicken enchiladas (get green and red, a.k.a. Bon Appétit, "There are restaurant lists with rankings. And there are restaurant lists with purpose. This is the latter.," 9 July 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Tyson Foods Inc. —Up 2.1% premarket: Tyson Foods plans to introduce nuggets made from peas, flaxseed and other plants this summer that will enable the company to compete within the fast-growing meat replacement market. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Stocks to Watch: RH, Lululemon, Tyson, Twitter, Walmart, and More," 13 June 2019 By comparison, a 4-ounce serving of salmon (or just one tablespoon of flaxseed) is going to give you six or seven times as much omega-3 as a serving of omega-3 eggs. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Are Omega-3 Eggs as Good as Eating Fish?," 20 June 2019 Notable sources of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, walnuts and flaxseeds. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Everything you need to know about fats, according to a registered dietitian," 17 June 2019 The nuggets are made from pea protein, egg white and flaxseed and bamboo fiber, and are slated to hit shelves later this summer. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Even Tyson is getting in on the plant-based meat craze. But it's not what you think," 13 June 2019 Airy, bouncy crumb studded with quinoa and flaxseeds. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "I Love This Loaf So Much I Had to Put a Self-Imposed Monthly Limit On It," 11 June 2019 Stir flaxseed and ¼ cup cold water in a small bowl. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Easiest-Ever Grilled Veggie Burgers," 25 June 2018 Make the pancakes: Make a flax egg by mixing together the flaxseed meal with 1 1⁄4 cups of water. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Sakara Brings Healthy Eating Home With Their New Made-for-Instagram Cookbook," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of flaxseed

1562, in the meaning defined above

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flax·​seed | \ ˈflak-ˌsēd How to pronounce flaxseed (audio) \

Kids Definition of flaxseed

: the seed of flax from which linseed oil comes


flax·​seed | \ ˈflak(s)-ˌsēd How to pronounce flaxseed (audio) \

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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