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flitch

[flich] /flɪtʃ/
noun
1.
the side of a hog (or, formerly, some other animal) salted and cured:
a flitch of bacon.
2.
a steak cut from a halibut.
3.
Carpentry.
  1. a piece, as a board, forming part of a flitch beam.
  2. a thin piece of wood, as a veneer.
  3. a bundle of veneers, arranged as cut from the log.
  4. a log about to be cut into veneers.
  5. cant2 (def 8).
verb (used with object)
4.
to cut into flitches.
5.
Carpentry. to assemble (boards or the like) into a laminated construction.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English flicche, Old English flicca; cognate with Middle Low German vlicke, Old Norse flikki
Related forms
unflitched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un flitched

flitch

/flɪtʃ/
noun
1.
a side of pork salted and cured
2.
a steak cut from the side of certain fishes, esp halibut
3.
a piece of timber cut lengthways from a tree trunk, esp one that is larger than 4 by 12 inches
verb
4.
(transitive) to cut (a tree trunk) into flitches
Word Origin
Old English flicce; related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke, Norwegian flika; see flesh
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Word Origin and History for un flitched

flitch

n.

"side of bacon," Middle English flicche (early 13c.), from Old English flicce, related to Old Norse flikki, Middle Low German vlicke "piece of flesh." Not immediately connected to flesh (n.), but perhaps from the same PIE root. A flitch was presented every year at Dunmow, in Essex, to any married couple who could prove they had lived together without quarreling for a year and a day, a custom mentioned as far back as mid-14c.

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