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- n. A sharp instrument used to open a vein, to lance gums, or the like.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sharp instrument used for opening veins, lancing gums, etc.; a kind of lancet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery and farriery, a sharp instrument for lancing the gums or for opening veins in bloodletting; a lancet; in the most restricted sense, a form of spring-lancet.
- n. In heraldry, a bearing thought by some to represent the farriers' lancet, but more probably a builders' cramp of iron, whence often called crampon.
- n. Same as phlegm.
- n. A river; a stream.
- n. A water-course; a trench or drain.
From Old French flieme ("open vein"), from Late Latin phlebotomus, from Ancient Greek φλεβοτόμον (phlebotomon). (Wiktionary)