The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flesh \Flesh\ (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc;
akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG.
fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw.
1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which
cover the framework of bones in man and other animals;
especially, the muscles.
Note: In composition it is mainly proteinaceous, but contains
in adition a large number of low-molecular-weight
subtances, such as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin,
carnin, etc. It is also rich in potassium phosphate.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat;
especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as
distinguished from fish.
With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread.
3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable. --Shak.
4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.
All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
--Gen. vi. 12.
5. Human nature:
(a) In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
(b) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical
pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.
(c) (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal
propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by
6. Kindred; stock; race.
He is our brother and our flesh. --Gen. xxxvii.
7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a
root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.
Note: Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining
compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush
or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound.
After the flesh, after the manner of man; in a gross or
earthly manner. "Ye judge after the flesh." --John viii.
An arm of flesh, human strength or aid.
Flesh and blood. See under Blood.
Flesh broth, broth made by boiling flesh in water.
Flesh fly (Zool.), one of several species of flies whose
larv[ae] or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle
fly; -- called also meat fly, carrion fly, and
blowfly. See Blowly.
Flesh meat, animal food. --Swift.
Flesh side, the side of a skin or hide which was next to
the flesh; -- opposed to grain side.
Flesh tint (Painting), a color used in painting to imitate
the hue of the living body.
Flesh worm (Zool.), any insect larva of a flesh fly. See
Flesh fly (above).
Proud flesh. See under Proud.
To be one flesh, to be closely united as in marriage; to
become as one person. --Gen. ii. 24.