from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A yellowish oil extracted from the seeds of flax and used as a drying oil in paints and varnishes and in linoleum, printing inks, and synthetic resins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An oil, extracted from flax seeds, used as a drying agent in paints, varnishes etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. oil obtained by pressure from flaxseed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drying-oil produced by pressure from linseed, varying in color from light amber to dark yellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drying oil extracted from flax seed and used in making such things as oil paints


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  • While the sound of her approach crescendoed, he muttered a string of curses under his breath, soaked a rag with linseed oil and scrubbed the ink from his hands.

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