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flense

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To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
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Etymology

Confer Danish flense, Dutch vlensen, vlenzen, Scottish flinch.

Verb

Infinitive
to flense

Third person singular
flenses

Simple past
flensed

Past participle
-

Present participle
flensing

to flense (third-person singular simple present flenses, present participle flensing, simple past and past participle flensed)
  1. To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc.
    • 2004, Stephen R. Donaldson, The Runes of the Earth, page 5 ISBN 0-399-15232-6
      "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 had made Thomas Covenant ir-refusable to her."
    • 2001, Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion, page 191 ISBN 0-380-97901-2
      "His eyes sprang open. Umegat stared straight at him for the fraction of a second, and Cazaril felt flensed."

References

flense” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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