(Flench) v. t. Same as Flence.
(Flense) v. t. [Cf. Dan. flense, D. vlensen, vlenzen, Scot. flinch.] To strip the blubber or
skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc.
the flensed carcass of a fur seal.U. S. Census
(Flesh) n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. flsc; akin to OFries. flask, D. vleesch, OS. flsk, OHG. fleisc,
G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fläsk.]
1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and
other animals; especially, the muscles.
In composition it is mainly albuminous, but contains in adition a large number of crystalline bodies, such
as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin, carnin, etc. It is also rich in phosphate of potash.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food,
as distinguished from fish.
With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread.Chaucer.
3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person.
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,Shak.
Were brass impregnable.
4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.
All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.Gen. vi. 12.
5. Human nature: (a) In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.Cowper.
(b) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.
(c) (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved
by spiritual influences.
6. Kindred; stock; race.
He is our brother and our flesh.Gen. xxxvii. 27.
7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.
Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush
or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound.