[ flens ]
/ flɛns /
verb (used with object), flensed, flens·ing.
to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
to strip off (blubber or skin).
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Also flench [flench] /flɛntʃ/, flinch.
Origin of flense
1805–15; < Danish flense or Dutch flensen
OTHER WORDS FROM flenseflens·er, noun
Words nearby flense
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Example sentences from the Web for flench
After dinner all hands turned to again to "flench" the blubber and prepare for trying out.
British Dictionary definitions for flench
flench (flɛntʃ) or flinch (flɪntʃ)
/ (flɛns) /
(tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)
Derived forms of flenseflenser, flencher or flincher, noun
Word Origin for flense
C19: from Danish flense; related to Dutch flensen
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