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verb (used with object)
  1. Falconry. to sew shut (the eyes of a falcon) during parts of its training.
  2. Archaic.
    1. to close (the eyes).
    2. to blind.
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Origin of seel

1490–1500; < Middle French siller, ciller, derivative of cil eyelash < Latin cilium eyelid, eyelash; see cilia
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Examples from the Web for seeling

Historical Examples

  • But seeling, as a matter of fact, has now gone quite out of fashion in this country.

    The Art and Practice of Hawking

    Edward B. Michell

  • Like a poet invoking his muse, Macbeth calls on seeling night to scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day.

British Dictionary definitions for seeling


verb (tr)
  1. to sew up the eyelids of (a hawk or falcon) so as to render it quiet and tame
  2. obsolete to close up the eyes of, esp by blinding
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Word Origin

C15 silen, from Old French ciller, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium an eyelid
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