- Falconry. to sew shut (the eyes of a falcon) during parts of its training.
- to close (the eyes).
- to blind.
Origin of seel
1490–1500; < Middle French siller, ciller, derivative of cil eyelash < Latin cilium eyelid, eyelash; see cilia
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"Seel" was a term in falconry, meaning "to sew up" (the eyes of the hawk).Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I
- to sew up the eyelids of (a hawk or falcon) so as to render it quiet and tame
- obsolete to close up the eyes of, esp by blinding
C15 silen, from Old French ciller, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium an eyelid
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