verb (used with object)
Falconry. to sew shut (the eyes of a falcon) during parts of its training.
- to close (the eyes).
- to blind.
Origin of seel
1490–1500; < Middle French siller, ciller, derivative of cil eyelash < Latin cilium eyelid, eyelash; see cilia
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Historical Examples of seel
"Seel" was a term in falconry, meaning "to sew up" (the eyes of the hawk).Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I
to sew up the eyelids of (a hawk or falcon) so as to render it quiet and tame
obsolete to close up the eyes of, esp by blinding
Word Origin for seel
C15 silen, from Old French ciller, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium an eyelid
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