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  1. (noun, body) the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
  2. (noun, body) alternative names for the body of a human being
    he has a strong physique
    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
  3. (noun, plant) a soft moist part of a fruit
  4. (verb, possession) remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture

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Origin of the word Flesh

  1. O.E. fl?sc "flesh, meat," also "near kindred" (a sense now obsolete except in phrase flesh and blood), common W. and N.Gmc. (cf. O.Fris. flesk, M.L.G. vlees, Ger. Fleisch "flesh," O.N. flesk "pork, bacon"), of unknown origin, perhaps from P.Gmc. *flaiskoz-. Figurative use for "animal or physical nature of man" (O.E.), is from the… more

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