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

  • n. A small knife with a short blade and firm handle, used in paring fruit and vegetables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin-bladed knife intended for coring and paring (peeling) fruit such as apples.

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

  • 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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