seel

verb
\ˈsēl \
seeled; seeling; seels

Definition of seel 

transitive verb

1 : to close the eyes of (a bird, such as a hawk) by drawing threads through the eyelids

2 archaic : to close up (one's eyes)

First Known Use of seel

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seel

alteration of Middle English silen, from Anglo-French ciller, from Medieval Latin ciliare, from Latin cilium eyelid

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