[ flich ]
/ flɪtʃ /


the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured: a flitch of bacon.
a steak cut from a halibut.
  1. a piece, as a board, forming part of a flitch beam.
  2. a thin piece of wood, as a veneer.
  3. a bundle of veneers, arranged as cut from the log.
  4. a log about to be cut into veneers.
  5. cant2(def 8).

verb (used with object)

to cut into flitches.
Carpentry. to assemble (boards or the like) into a laminated construction.

Origin of flitch

before 900; Middle English flicche, Old English flicca; cognate with Middle Low German vlicke, Old Norse flikki


un·flitched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flitch

/ (flɪtʃ) /


a side of pork salted and cured
a steak cut from the side of certain fishes, esp halibut
a piece of timber cut lengthways from a tree trunk, esp one that is larger than 4 by 12 inches


(tr) to cut (a tree trunk) into flitches

Word Origin for flitch

Old English flicce; related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke, Norwegian flika; see flesh
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