1 [rahynd]
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.

before 900; Middle English, Old English rind(e) tree bark, crust; cognate with German Rinde

rindless, adjective
rindy, adjective
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2 [rahynd, rind]
a piece of iron running across an upper millstone as a support.
Also, rynd.
Also called millrind.

1300–50; Middle English rynd; cognate with Middle Dutch rijn, Middle Low German rīn

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rind (raɪnd)
1.  a hard outer layer or skin on bacon, cheese, etc
2.  the outer layer of a fruit or of the spore-producing body of certain fungi
3.  the outer layer of the bark of a tree
[Old English rinde; Old High German rinta, German Rinde]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rinde "bark, crust," later "peel of a fruit or vegetable" (c.1400), from P.Gmc. *rendo- (cf. O.S. rinda, M.Du. rinde, Ger. Rinde), related to O.E. rendan "to rend."
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Example sentences
Trim the green skin and any pink flesh from the rind.
Trim tough rind from ham, leaving as much fat as possible.
Trim any visible fat from the top of the ham, but do not remove the rind.
Cut the halves into paper-thin slices, rind and all.
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