fleam

[ fleem ]

noun
  1. Surgery. a kind of lancet, as for opening veins.

  2. the beveled leading edge of a sawtooth.

Origin of fleam

1
1375–1425; late Middle English fleme, fleom<Middle French flieme ≪ Late Latin phlebotomus,<Greek phlebotómon;see phlebo-, tome

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fleam

/ (fliːm) /


noun
  1. archaic a lancet used for letting blood

Origin of fleam

1
C16: from Old French flieme, alteration of Late Latin phlebotomus lancet (literally: vein cutter); see phlebotomy

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