American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small knife with a short blade and firm handle, used in paring fruit and vegetables.
- n. a small sharp knife used in paring fruits or vegetables
- pare +ing, knife (Wiktionary)
“Because the blade angles forward, the edge is always shearing whatever it cuts, whereas a straight-bladed knife will strike head-on, like trying to push a paring knife through a tomato instead of slicing through.”
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