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

  • n. Something, such as a skin or peel, that has been pared off.
  • n. The act of removing the outer covering or skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of pare.
  • n. A fragment or shaving that has been pared.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of cutting off the surface or extremites of anything.
  • n. That which is pared off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of trimming something, or of reducing it in size or thickness by cutting or shaving off small portions from the surface or extremity.
  • n. That which is pared off; a thin piece cut, clipped, or shaved off; hence, a scrap: as, cheese-parings; the parings of grass-lands.
  • n. The rind or outermost crust.

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

  • n. a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
  • n. (usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel

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