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.
- n. A sharp instrument used to open a vein, to lance gums, or the like.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Surg. & Far.) A sharp instrument used for opening veins, lancing gums, etc.; a kind of lancet.
- From Old French flieme ("open vein"), from Late Latin phlebotomus, from Ancient Greek φλεβοτόμον (phlebotomon). (Wiktionary)
“He fumbled in his pockets as he spoke, and, as chance would it, the "fleam" (or cattle lancet) was somewhere about his dress.”
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“Lacking a decent syringe for drawing blood, I'd merely pierced the vein inside his elbow with a fleam, and drained off the welling blood into a small vial.”
“Among these was a blacksmith and farrier, who took cognizance of his carcase, every limb of which having examined, he declared there was no bone broken, and taking out his fleam, blooded him plentifully as he lay.”
“Clinker perceiving these signs of life, immediately tied up his arm with a garter, and, pulling out a horse-fleam, let him blood in the farrier stile. —”
“Loggun (Denham and Clapperton), the Fán fleam, the “small piece of iron like an ace of spades on the upper Nile””
“The article I chiefly accused myself of forgetting was a stout English clasp-knife, with a large handle, a blade like an “Arkansas toothpick,” and possessing the other useful appliances of picker, fleam, tweezers, lancet, and punch.”
“She realized that she was making him wait, contemplate the fleam lying in its case, and listen to the furnace that would soon consume him.”
“After lacing the black sneakers, she pulled back the baseboard where she kept her cache, and withdrew the fleam she kept there.”
“She laid the fleam against his neck, flicked it into the vein, drew it out.”
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