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(noun)  Small, reddish-brown seeds from the flax plant which can be eaten raw or pressed into oil. Excellent vegetarian source of lignans, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten raw, as high heat destroys the nutrients (do not fry, but baking is ok).

Flax seeds

Related term

flaxseed oil


Alternate spelling

flax seed



flax, linseed


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