to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
to strip off (blubber or skin).
- Also flench [flench], /flɛntʃ/, flinch.
- flenser, noun
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How to use flense in a sentence
And so saying, the sailor returned to the operation, thus temporarily suspended,—the flensing of the shark.The Ocean Waifs | Mayne Reid
It wanted but a little while of sunset, when the sailor and his young comrade had finished flensing the shark.The Ocean Waifs | Mayne Reid
The large purchase-blocks used by whalers to cant the whales round under the process of flensing.The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
A misspelling of cant-purchase, or one used to turn a whale round during the operation of flensing.The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
When we had got the baleen inboard, however, the more disagreeable work of “flensing” began.Swept Out to Sea | W. Bertram Foster
British Dictionary definitions for flense
(tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)
- flenser, flencher or flincher, noun
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