fleam

[ fleem ]
/ flim /
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noun

Surgery. a kind of lancet, as for opening veins.
the beveled leading edge of a sawtooth.

Nearby words

  1. flea-bitten,
  2. flea-flicker,
  3. fleabag,
  4. fleabane,
  5. fleabite,
  6. fleapit,
  7. fleawort,
  8. flecainide acetate,
  9. fleck,
  10. flecked

Origin of fleam

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fleam

fleam

/ (fliːm) /

noun

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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