- to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
- to strip off (blubber or skin).
Also flench [flench] /flɛntʃ/, flinch.
Origin of flense
1805–15; < Danish flense or Dutch flensen
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Examples from the Web for flense
It took us two hours to kill our first whale, and four to flense it.Peter the Whaler
I scarcely believe that in the course of the day we met with a single piece of ice large enough to flense a seal upon.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
flench (flɛntʃ) or flinch (flɪntʃ)
- (tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)
C19: from Danish flense; related to Dutch flensen
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Word Origin and History for flense
also flench, 1814, from Danish flense, perhaps from PIE root *(s)plei- "to splice, split." Related: Flenser; flensing.
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