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paring knife

a short-bladed kitchen knife for paring fruits and vegetables.
Origin of paring knife
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The shoemaker sprang to his feet and caught up his paring knife.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • She saw on the table a pan of potatoes with the paring knife near.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain

    Grace May North
  • The paring knife, of which there are various kinds, is used for this work.

  • Gabby Pete dropped his paring knife and potatoes in surprise.

  • “Be sure you don't forget to leave your paring knife,” was Schmitz's one comment.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • When she did make prepares to peel the potatoes, the mamma reached away back in the cook-table drawer for the paring knife.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • She came forward timidly, holding out a hand on which the scrubbing brush and the paring knife had left their respective marks.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Pitt had broken the paring knife trying to open a can with it when he could not find the can opener.

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