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linseed oil

A pale yellow oil pressed from flax seed. It contains a mixture of glycerides of fatty acids, including linoleic acid and linolenic acid. It is a drying oil, used in oil paints, varnishes, ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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... oil Oil from the seeds of flax, the commonest medium in oil painting . Many modern painters have used raw linseed oil diluted with turpentine as a medium, but the Old Masters generally preferred polymerized oil, known as ‘stand oil’, which was prepared by heating linseed oil or drying it in the sun. Linseed oil tends to turn yellow with age, but has less tendency to crack than either walnut or poppy oil...

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World Encyclopedia

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... oil Oil pressed from seeds of cultivated flax ( Linum usitatissimum ). Because of its drying qualities, linseed is an important ingredient of oil paints and printing inks, and is used to make varnish and...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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... oil The principal drying oil used in oil paints , it is obtained from the seeds of the flax, the same plant that furnishes linen...

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A Dictionary of Chemistry (8 ed.)

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... oil A pale yellow oil pressed from flax seed. It contains a mixture of glycerides of fatty acids, including linoleic acid and linolenic acid. It is a drying oil , used in oil paints, varnishes, linoleum,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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... oil . The medium most often used in oil painting , obtained from the seeds of the flax plant (the plant from which linen—the material for the best canvas—is also made). ‘The best quality linseed oil is superior to all other drying oils in resistance to embrittlement…[and] resistance to yellowing’ ( Ralph Mayer , A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques , 1969...

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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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linseed oil

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A pale yellow oil pressed from flax seed. It contains a mixture of glycerides of fatty acids, including linoleic acid and linolenic acid. It is a drying oil, used in oil paints, varnishes, linoleum, ...
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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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...type was a thin film of stiff, coloured varnish, made by boiling and sometimes setting fire to one of the drying oils, generally linseed or walnut: the process was too dangerous to be carried out in a confined urban space. The substance set firmly and permanently, even without exposure to air. To make black ink, soot was added to the clear varnish; red or other pigments made coloured ink. In fact, printing ink is a version of the oil paint that had become widely adopted by European painters by about 1400 . In order to make a satisfactory print on the...

poppy oil

poppy oil  

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Oil extracted from poppy seeds, one of the most popular of the drying oils used as a medium for oil painting. It is less viscous than linseed and walnut oil and does not easily turn rancid. It is, ...
walnut oil

walnut oil  

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Drying oil obtained from the common walnut. It was one of the earliest oils used in painting, and perhaps the commonest medium in the early days of oil painting, but it is little used today. It dries ...
binder

binder  

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The colloid substance of a paint vehicle, for example linseed oil in oil paint. The binder holds the pigment particles together to form a cohesive coating and attach it securely to the ground.
drying oil

drying oil  

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Any vegetable oil that will dry to a tough, leathery surface when spread out in thin layers. Drying oils such as linseed oil and poppyseed oil are typically used as the binder in oil paint.
Linoleum

Linoleum  

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Durable floor covering invented in 1863 by Frederick Edward Walton (1834–1928). The name, from Latin linum (flax) and oleum (oil), alluded to the principal ingredient, oxidized linseed oil, which ...
vehicle

vehicle  

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The liquid in which pigment is suspended to form paint—the ‘carrier’. The word can be applied to either the medium or the diluent, or to a mixture of both: thus the vehicle of oil painting might be ...
oil gilding

oil gilding  

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The application of gold leaf to a surface, such as a picture frame, usually with a linseed oil-based adhesive. Unlike water gilding, it can be applied without the necessity for a preparatory layer of ...

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