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tr.v. seeled, seel·ing, seels
To stitch closed the eyes of (a falcon).
[Middle English silen, from Old French cillier, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium, lower eyelid; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Falconry) to sew up the eyelids of (a hawk or falcon) so as to render it quiet and tame
2. obsolete to close up the eyes of, esp by blinding
[C15 silen, from Old French ciller, from Medieval Latin ciliāre, from Latin cilium an eyelid]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. to sew shut (the eyes of a falcon) while training.
2. Archaic. to close (the eyes).
[1490–1500; < Middle French siller,ciller, derivative of cil eyelash < Latin cilium eyelid, eyelash; see cilia]
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Past participle: seeled
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