WORD ORIGIN noun a thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of certain fruits, cheeses, and meats: watermelon rind; orange rind; bacon rind. the bark of a tree. Origin of rind 1 before 900; Middle English, Old English rind(e) tree bark, crust; cognate with German Rinde Related forms rind·less, adjective rind·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rindless noun a hard outer layer or skin on bacon, cheese, etc the outer layer of a fruit or of the spore-producing body of certain fungi the outer layer of the bark of a tree Word Origin for rind
rinde; Old High German rinta, German Rinde
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Word Origin and History for rindless n.
rinde "bark, crust," later "peel of a fruit or vegetable" (c.1400), from Proto-Germanic *rind- (cf. Old Saxon rinda, Middle Dutch and Dutch rinde "bark of a tree," Old High German rinda, German Rinde), probably related to Old English rendan (see rend (v.)).
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