lin·​seed | \ ˈlin-ˌsēd How to pronounce linseed (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The origins of the slicker date to 19th-century Britain, when cloth coats were treated with oils like linseed to resist rain. Steve Garbarino, WSJ, "Why City Slickers Should Consider This Classic Rain Gear," 17 Apr. 2018 All woodwork, desks, chairs, tables and doors should be wiped off with a cloth wet with linseed, kerosene and turpentine. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "How did the worldwide influenza epidemic 100 years ago impact Houston?," 15 Jan. 2018 Delicate dishes like mushroom bread with onion blossoms and linseed oil as well as char topped with ash and a carrot emulsion. Jessica Jungbauer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat in Berlin Right Now," 12 June 2017 With a simple change of diet — corn instead of linseed — the natural flavor could be preserved. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Fred A. Kummerow, scientist who raised early warnings about trans fats, dies at 102," 3 June 2017 A thin coat of linseed oil is first applied for better adherence, and then two coats of white paint are applied. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "9 facts you didn't know about the French Open," 24 May 2017 In the early morning hours of June 15, 2012, a warehouse at the Placerville Ranger Station caught fire as a result of a spontaneous combustion of linseed oil and rags that Johnson admittedly had used to clean some tools. Andy Furillo,, "Did this Forest Service employee set fire to his own truck? Jury can’t decide," 24 May 2017 The native black walnut, darkened with lamp black and oiled with linseed oil, was carved with life-like birds, flowers and acanthus leaves that can be seen on so much of their work. Janelle Gelfand,, "W. Roger Fry, lawyer who loved nature and carvings, dead at 77," 5 May 2017 Shake together equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil (available at hardware stores), then dab onto a soft cloth and apply to leather in a circular motion. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "12 Extraordinarily Handy Uses for White Vinegar," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of linseed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for linseed

Middle English, from Old English līnsǣd, from līn flax + sǣd seed — more at linen

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“Linseed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of linseed

: the seed of the flax plant


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