Fleam
Fleam Fleam, n. [F. flamme, OF. flieme, fr. LL. flevotomum, phlebotomum; cf. D. vlijm. See {Phlebotomy}.] (Surg. & Far.) A sharp instrument used for opening veins, lancing gums, etc.; a kind of lancet. [1913 Webster]

{Fleam tooth}, a tooth of a saw shaped like an isosceles triangle; a peg tooth. --Knight. [1913 Webster]


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  • fleam — [flēm] n. [ME fleme < OFr flieme < VL * fleutomum for LL phlebotomus: see PHLEBOTOMY] a sharp lancet formerly used for bloodletting …   English World dictionary

  • Fleam — A fleam, also flem, flew, flue, fleame, or phleam, was a handheld instrument used for bloodletting. History This name for handheld venepuncture devices first appears in Anglo Saxon manuscripts at around A.D. 1000. [CJS Thompson: Guide to the… …   Wikipedia

  • fléam — m ( es/ as) flight; on fléam gebrengan to put to flight; on fléam weorðan to flee …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • fleam — to spend time visiting various flea markets; the act of visiting flea markets Bob: Are you guys gonna fleam on Sunday? Jim: Why, yes! You should come fleaming with us you never know what treasures we might find! …   Dictionary of american slang

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  • fleam — /fleem/, n. 1. Surg. a kind of lancet, as for opening veins. 2. the beveled leading edge of a sawtooth. [1375 1425; late ME fleme, fleom < MF flieme LL phlebotomus, < Gk phlebotómon; see PHLEBO , TOME] * * * …   Universalium

  • fleam — noun a) A sharp instrument used to open a vein for bleeding (Usually for bleeding horses). b) A lancet …   Wiktionary

  • fleam — n. sharp surgical knife used in opening veins and lancing gums …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fleam — /flim/ (say fleem) noun 1. the angle of rake between the cutting edge of a saw tooth and the plane of the blade. –adjective 2. (of a saw tooth) having the shape of an isosceles triangle. {Old French flieme, from Late Latin phlebotomus lancet,… …   Australian English dictionary

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