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[pelt] /pɛlt/
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
1275-1325; Middle English; perhaps back formation from peltry; compare Old French pelete, derivative of Latin pellis skin
Related forms
peltish, adjective
peltless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See skin.
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British Dictionary definitions for peltish

pelt1

/pɛlt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to throw (missiles) at (a person)
2.
(transitive) to hurl (insults) at (a person)
3.
(intransitive; foll by along, over, etc) to move rapidly; hurry
4.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to rain heavily
noun
5.
a blow
6.
speed (esp in the phrase at full pelt)
Derived Forms
pelter, noun
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin, perhaps from pellet

pelt2

/pɛlt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C15: perhaps back formation from peltry
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Word Origin and History for peltish
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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