verb (used with object), flensed, flens·ing.

  1. to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
  2. to strip off (blubber or skin).


  1. (tr) to strip (a whale, seal, etc) of (its blubber or skin)

also flench, 1814, from Danish flense, perhaps from PIE root *(s)plei- “to splice, split.” Related: Flenser; flensing.

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