- to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
- to strip off (blubber or skin).
Origin of flense
Examples from the Web for flense
Historical Examples of flense
It took us two hours to kill our first whale, and four to flense it.Peter the Whaler
I scarcely believe that in the course of the day we met with a single piece of ice large enough to flense a seal upon.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
flench (flɛntʃ) or flinch (flɪntʃ)
- (tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)
Word Origin for flense
also flench, 1814, from Danish flense, perhaps from PIE root *(s)plei- "to splice, split." Related: Flenser; flensing.