Flense
Flense Flense, v. t. [Cf. Dan. flense, D. vlensen, vlenzen, Scot. flinch.] To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc. [1913 Webster]

the flensed carcass of a fur seal. --U. S. Census (1880). [1913 Webster]


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  • flense — (v.) also flench, 1814, from Dan. flense, perhaps from PIE root * (s)plei to splice, split. Related: Flenser; flensing …   Etymology dictionary

  • flense — [flenchflens] vt. flensed, flensing [< Du vlensen or Dan flense] to cut blubber skin from (a whale, seal, etc.): also flench [flench] …   English World dictionary

  • flense — transitive verb (flensed; flensing) Etymology: Dutch flensen or Danish & Norwegian flense Date: 1820 to strip (as a whale) of blubber or skin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flense — flenser, n. /flens/, v.t., flensed, flensing. 1. to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.). 2. to strip off (blubber or skin). Also, flench /flench/, flinch. [1805 15; < Dan flense or D flensen] * * * …   Universalium

  • flense — [[t]flɛns[/t]] v. t. flensed, flens•ing 1) to strip the blubber or skin from (a whale, seal, etc.) 2) to strip off (blubber or skin) • Etymology: 1805–15; < Dan flense or D flensen flens′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • flense — v.tr. (also flench, flinch) 1 cut up (a whale or seal). 2 flay (a seal). Etymology: Da. flense: cf. Norw. flinsa, flunsa flay …   Useful english dictionary

  • flense — verb To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc. For that reason, among others, he would never evince the particular guantness, the cut and flagrant sense of purpose all compromise and capacity for surrender flensed away which… …   Wiktionary

  • flense — v. cut off the blubber from (seal, whale etc.); flay, skin (also flench) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • flense — [flɛns] (also flench flɛn(t)ʃ, flinch) verb slice the skin or fat from (a carcass, especially that of a whale). Derivatives flenser noun Origin C19: from Dan. flensa …   English new terms dictionary

  • flense — /flɛns/ (say flens) verb (t) (flensed, flensing) 1. to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.). 2. to strip off (blubber or skin). Also, flench /ˈflɛntʃ/ (say flench), flinch. {Dutch flensen} …   Australian English dictionary

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