In one pelt

pelt

2 [pelt]
noun
1.
the untanned hide or skin of an animal.
2.
Facetious. the human skin.
Idioms
3.
in one's pelt, Facetious. naked.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis skin

peltish, adjective
peltless, adjective


1. See skin.
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pelt1 (pɛlt)
 
vb (often foll by down)
1.  (tr) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
2.  (tr) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
3.  (intr; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
4.  to rain heavily
 
n
5.  a blow
6.  speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
 
[C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet]
 
'pelter1
 
n

pelt2 (pɛlt)
 
n
1.  the skin of a fur-bearing animal, such as a mink, esp when it has been removed from the carcass
2.  the hide of an animal, stripped of hair and ready for tanning
 
[C15: perhaps back formation from peltry]

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Word Origin & History

pelt
"to strike" (with something), c.1500, perhaps from an unrecorded O.E. *pyltan, from M.L. *pultiare, from L. pultare "to beat." Or from O.Fr. peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet).

pelt
"skin of a fur-bearing animal," 1425, related to earlier pel (c.1300), contraction of pelet, from O.Fr. pelete "fine skin, membrane," dim. of pel "skin," from L. pellis "skin, hide."
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