Etymology
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flense (v.)

also flench, 1814, from Danish flense, perhaps, with other Germanic fli- words for "cutting, splitting" (for example flint, flinders) ultimately from PIE root *(s)plei- "to splice, split." Related: Flenser; flensing.

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Definitions of flense

flense (v.)
strip the blubber or skin from (a whale or seal);
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