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noun (1)

variants or less commonly flanche
or flaunch or flaunche
plural -es
: either of two curved segments encroaching on a heraldic field one from each side


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noun (2)

plural -es
: a flange especially of a wheel


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intransitive verb

: to slant outward : flare

transitive verb

: draw in toward the top
used with up and especially of a chimney
flanch up the chimney so that it will shed rain

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English flaunche, probably from Middle French flanche flank, from flanc

Noun (2)

perhaps from flanch entry 1

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“Flanch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flanch. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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