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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Flanders, the Flemings, or their language or culture.
  • noun A group of Dutch dialects spoken in the southwestern Netherlands, northwest Belgium, and parts of northern France.
  • noun The Flemings.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To coil, as a rope, in a Flemish coil. See coil, n.
  • To make a quivering movement of the tail: said of a dog; to feather.
  • Pertaining or native to Flanders, or pertaining to its people or their language; resembling the Flemings.
  • noun Collectively, the people of Flanders; the Flemings.
  • noun The language spoken by the Flemings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to Flanders, or the Flemings.
  • adjective (Naut.), [Humorous] short or deficient accounts.
  • adjective (Bot.) a well known pear. It is one of few kinds which have a red color on one side.
  • adjective (Arch.) See Bond, n., 8.
  • adjective a hard yellow paving brick.
  • adjective a flat coil of rope with the end in the center and the turns lying against, without riding over, each other.
  • adjective (Naut.) an eye formed at the end of a rope by dividing the strands and lying them over each other.
  • adjective (Naut.) an additional footrope at the end of a yard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to Flanders, either as the historical county of Flanders (the current provinces of West Flanders and East Flanders in Belgium, Zeelandic Flanders in the Netherlands and French Flanders); or as the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Flemish variety of the Dutch language.
  • proper noun The Dutch language as it is spoken in Flanders.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of two official languages of Belgium; closely related to Dutch
  • noun an ethnic group speaking Flemish and living in northern and western Belgium
  • adjective of or relating to Flanders or its people or language or culture

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch Vlaemisch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English flemmysshe, from Old Frisian flemsche, from Middle Dutch vlāmisch, vlemesch (modern Vlaams), from Old Frisian flamsk ‘Fleming’ (compare West Frisian Flaamsk), from Proto-Germanic *flaumaz ‘flowing, current (water)’ and *-iskaz. More at Flanders.

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