[ flens ]
/ flɛns /
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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 flenseflenser, noun
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How to use flense in a sentence
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|A.E. Nordenskieold
It took us two hours to kill our first whale, and four to flense it.Peter the Whaler|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for flense
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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