The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.
*1918 , Fannie Farmer, , Chapter XVII: Poultry and Game:
*:The flesh of chicken, fowl, and turkey has much shorter fibre than that of ruminating animals, and is not intermingled with fat,—the fat always being found in layers directly under the skin, and surrounding the intestines.
The skin of a human or animal.
(by extension) Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.
(archaic) Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.
*:Thenne syr launcelot sayd / fader what shalle I do / Now sayd the good man / I requyre yow take this hayre that was this holy mans and putte it nexte thy skynne / and it shalle preuaylle the gretely / syr and I wille doo hit sayd sir launcelot / Also I charge you that ye ete no flesshe as longe as ye be in the quest of the sancgreal / nor ye shalle drynke noo wyne / and that ye here masse dayly and ye may doo hit
*c.1530s , , 7, xix-xxi,
*:The flesh' that twycheth any vnclene thinge shall not be eaten. but burnt with fire:and all that be clene in their flesh, maye eate ' flesh .
*:Yf any soule eate of the flesh' of the peaceofferynges, that pertayne vnto the Lorde and hys vnclennesse yet apon him, the same soule shall perisshe from amonge his peoole(sic). ¶ Moreouer yf a soule twych any vnclene thinge, whether it be the vnclennesse of man or of any vnclene beest or any abhominacion that is vnclene: ad the eate of the ' flesh of the peaceoffrynges whiche pertayne vnto the Lord, that soule shall perissh from his people.
The human body as a physical entity.
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*:And the preast shall put on his lynen albe and his lynen breches apon his flesh , and take awaye the asshes whiche the fire of the burntsacrifice in the altare hath made, and put them besyde the alter,
(religion) The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.
*1769 , , 5, xvii,
*:For the flesh' lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the ' flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
*1929 January, Bassett Morgan ( ,
*:But death had no gift for me, no power to free me from flesh .
(religion) The evil and corrupting principle working in man.
The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.
*2003 , Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest ,
*:The flesh of black walnuts was a protein-packed winter food carefully hoarded in tall, stilted buildings.
(obsolete) Tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
*:There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
(obsolete) Kindred; stock; race.
*Bible, Genesis xxxvii. 27
*:He is our brother and our flesh .
A yellowish pink colour; the colour of some Caucasian human skin.
* See also
To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.
* 1933 , Robert E. Howard, The Scarlet Citadel
(obsolete) To inure or habituate someone (in) or (to) a given practice.
- Give me a clean sword and a clean foe to flesh it in.
To put flesh on; to fatten.
To add details.
- And whosoever could now joyne us together, and eagerly flesh all our people to a common enterprise, we should make our ancient military name and chivalrous credit to flourish againe.
To remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.
- The writer had to go back and flesh out the climactic scene.
* exchange flesh
* flesh and blood
* flesh fly
* flesh out
* flesh side
* flesh wound
* goose flesh
* in the flesh
* one flesh
* pound of flesh
* press the flesh
* proud flesh
* way of all flesh
The formation of granules
(uncountable) The condition of being granulated
Granulated tissue on the surface of a healing wound; granulation tissue
(astronomy) A bright, transient granular marking on the Sun's photosphere
The attachment of granules of precious metal to underlying metal of jewellery