fleam

[fleem]

Origin of fleam

1375–1425; late Middle English fleme, fleom < Middle French fliemeLate Latin phlebotomus, < Greek phlebotómon; see phlebo-, tome
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fleam

noun
  1. archaic a lancet used for letting blood

Word Origin for fleam

C16: from Old French flieme, alteration of Late Latin phlebotomus lancet (literally: vein cutter); see phlebotomy
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