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transitive verb

archaic : to free (as a hawk or horse) of superfluous fat : bring into hard condition

intransitive verb

obsolete, of a hawk : to lose excess weight : come into condition


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transitive verb (1)

: to fill or cover with grease
usually used as past participle


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transitive verb (2)

: to mark (as a person) with or as if with seams
an old tomcat, his ears enseamed with scars

Word History



Middle English enseymen, alteration of Middle French essaimer, from es- (from Latin ex-) + saim fat, grease, from Medieval Latin sagimen, from Latin sagina food, stuffing, fatness

Transitive verb (1)

Middle French ensaimer, from en- en- entry 1 + saim fat

Transitive verb (2)

en- entry 1 + seam (noun)

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“Enseam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enseam. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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