linseed oil

noun

Definition of linseed oil 

: a yellowish drying oil obtained from flaxseed and used especially in paint, varnish, printing ink, and linoleum

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Besides linseed oil, watch out for other flammable household items like nail polish, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, hair spray and other aerosol cans. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Common Household Product Can Spontaneously Combust," 25 July 2016 Gardeners have traditionally used boiled linseed oil to protect their tools from the elements. Cindy Daniel, Sunset, "How to Maintan Your Garden Tools," 22 Jan. 2018 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 All of a sudden, clothing companies had an ideal substance with which to coat canvas that was more stable than linseed oil. Waxed cotton was born. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "This cotton won't kill you," 18 Apr. 2018 They are sealed with food-safe linseed oil and beeswax. Linda Jerkins, ajc, "Southern Made: 3 artists at 3-day craft show," 7 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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linseed oil

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English Language Learners Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish oil from the seeds of the flax plant that is used in paint, printing ink, etc.

linseed oil

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Kids Definition of linseed oil

: a yellowish oil obtained from flaxseed

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Medical Definition of linseed oil 

: a yellowish drying oil obtained from flaxseed and used in liniments, pastes, and green soap and in veterinary medicine as a laxative

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