1. to free from enemy occupation or sympathizers
   The traditional job of the infantry:
    ... paramilitary elements trained and drilled in a special school and sent to 'cleanse' (US word) pacified hamlets. (M. McCarthy, 1967)
   See also clean2.
   2. to remove the placenta from domestic cattle
   Veterinary jargon:
    I was 'cleansing' a cow (removing the afterbirth). (Herriot, 1981)

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