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fleam

[fleem] /flim/
noun
1.
Surgery. a kind of lancet, as for opening veins.
2.
the beveled leading edge of a sawtooth.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English fleme, fleom < Middle French fliemeLate Latin phlebotomus, < Greek phlebotómon; see phlebo-, tome
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British Dictionary definitions for fleam

fleam

/fliːm/
noun
1.
(archaic) a lancet used for letting blood
Word Origin
C16: from Old French flieme, alteration of Late Latin phlebotomus lancet (literally: vein cutter); see phlebotomy
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