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peel

 
 
pronunciation:
pil
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: peels, peeling, peeled
definition 1: to pull, tear, or cut the outer covering from.
He always peels his apple before eating it.
similar words:
pare
definition 2: to strip off or remove.
She peeled the bandage off her arm.
definition 3: to come off in patches or strips.
Weathered paint often peels.
definition 4: to lose skin or some outer layer.
Sunburned skin will peel after a few days.
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part of speech: noun
definition: the outer layer or skin of some fruits and vegetables.
You must remove the peel before you can eat your banana.
 
similar words:
skin
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derivations: peelable (adj.), peeler (n.)
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