[ 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).
Also flench [flench] /flɛntʃ/, flinch.

Origin of flense

1805–15; < Danish flense or Dutch flensen

Related forms

flens·er, noun
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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

flenser, flencher or flincher, noun

Word Origin for flense

C19: from Danish flense; related to Dutch flensen
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