1. <veterinary> To close the eyes of (a hawk or other bird) by drawing through the lids threads which were fastened over the head. "Fools climbs to fall: fond hopes, like seeled doves for want of better light, mount till they end their flight with falling." (J. Reading)

2. Hence, to shut or close, as the eyes; to blind. "Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day." (Shak) "Gold death, with a violent fate, his sable eyes did seel." (Chapman)

See:led; Seeling] [F.siller, ciller, fr. Cil an eyelash, L. Cilium.

(01 Mar 1998)

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