• WordNet 3.6
    • v flense strip the blubber or skin from (a whale or seal)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Flense To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc. "the flensed carcass of a fur seal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flense To cut up and remove the blubber of (a whale). Among American whalers the process is more commonly called cutting in.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. flense, D. vlensen, vlenzen, Scot. flinch,


In literature:

All of it, good and bad, every moment flensed away.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
If you go seal killing you want a big stick, a bayonet, a flensing knife and a steel.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
But the most persevering visitors during the operation of flensing were the sailors' little friends the Mollies.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
The animal now being secured alongside, the process of flensing or cutting off the blubber commenced.
"Archibald Hughson" by W.H.G. Kingston
When we had got the baleen inboard, however, the more disagreeable work of "flensing" began.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Before a whale can be flensed, as the operation of taking off the fat and whalebone is called, some preliminary measures are requisite.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
The large purchase-blocks used by whalers to cant the whales round under the process of flensing.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It wanted but a little while of sunset, when the sailor and his young comrade had finished flensing the shark.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Now it featured murals of donkeys being flensed by fish, hectic Pleasure Island.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
I now saw the whole operation of "flensing," or cutting off the blubber.
"Arctic Adventures" by W.H.G. Kingston