[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. flemish giant,
  2. flemish scroll,
  3. flemming,
  4. flench,
  5. flensburg,
  6. flerovium,
  7. flesh,
  8. flesh and blood,
  9. flesh color,
  10. flesh fly

Also flench [flench] /flɛntʃ/, flinch.

Origin of flense

1805–15; < Danish flense or Dutch flensen

Related formsflens·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flense


flench (flɛntʃ) or flinch (flɪntʃ)

/ (flɛns) /


(tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)
Derived Formsflenser, flencher or flincher, noun

Word Origin for flense

C19: from Danish flense; related to Dutch flensen

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Word Origin and History for flense



also flench, 1814, from Danish flense, perhaps from PIE root *(s)plei- "to splice, split." Related: Flenser; flensing.

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