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

  • n. A tough outer covering such as bark, the skin of some fruits, or the coating on cheese or bacon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. tree bark
  • n. A hard, tough outer layer, particularly on food such as fruit, cheese, etc
  • n. The gall, the crust, the insolence; often as "the immortal rind"
  • v. To remove the rind from.
  • n. An iron support fitting used on the upper millstone of a grist mill

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The external covering or coat, as of flesh, fruit, trees, etc.; skin; hide; bark; peel; shell.
  • transitive v. To remove the rind of; to bark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take the rind from; bark; decorticate.
  • n. A thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of animals, plants, fruits, cheeses, etc.; a thick skin or integument; specifically, in botany, same as cortex: applied to the outer layer or layers of a fungus-body, to the cortical layer (see cortical) of a lichen, as well as to the bark of trees.
  • n. The skin of a whale; whale-rind: a whalers' term.
  • n. Edge; border.
  • n. Synonyms Peel, etc. See skin.
  • n. See rynd.
  • n. A strip of cloth placed under the leather on the handle of a golf-club to thicken the grip.

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

  • n. the natural outer covering of food (usually removed before eating)


Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English rinde (Wiktionary)
Cognate with Flemish rijne, Low German ryn. (Wiktionary)


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