from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See dermis.
  • n. Beef casing stuffed with a seasoned mixture of matzo meal or flour, onion, and suet, prepared by boiling, then roasting. Also called kishke, stuffed derma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the inner layer of the skin; the dermis
  • n. a Jewish dish of roast or boiled seasoned meat and flour etc. in a casing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See dermis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The true skin, or cutis vera; the corium.
  • n. Skin; the skin in general: synonymous with integument or tegumentum.
  • n. Also derm, dermis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the deep vascular inner layer of the skin


Greek, skin; see der- in Indo-European roots.
Possibly Yiddish gederem, intestines, from Middle High German darm, intestine, from Old High German; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek δέρμα (derma, "skin, hide"), from δέρω (dero, "to skin, to flay"). (Wiktionary)


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