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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lintseid, n. Also: lynt-, lient- and -seed(e, -side, -seyd, -sead. [e.m.E. lynt-, lintseede (1599), f. Lint n.: cf. Linseid. Written variously as one word or as two.]

1. The seed of flax (as intended to be sown). = Linget n. 1. 1530 Wigtown B. Ct. 234 b.
Vrangus haldyne … of a quarter of lynt seyd
1600 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 204.
The causualteis of the lynt, lyntseid and salt
1662 Soc. Ant. XXII. 220.
My lint seed … is sown in an drownit holl in Kilduff
1664 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 641.
[He has no goods on board] except … certan hogsheids of lint seid
1674 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS. 25 March.
Thrie pundis four shilling Scots for ait and lintseed
1674 Corshill Baron Ct. 121.
Lint seede
1698 Lanark B. Rec. 262.
Ilk peck lintside or hempside … 4 d.

2. Attrib. a. Lintseed-boll, = lint-boll, Boll n.2 2 and Lint n. 4 a. b. = Linseid n., Linget n. 2. a1658 Durham Christ Crucified (1686) 21/2.
My heart clecked as a lintseed-boll to Christ
1713 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 246.
For a mutchkin lientsead oyl 16 ds. 2 s … for a chopine lintsead oyl 14 ds.

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