To peel is to pull or tear away something that is attached to something else.(verb)
The definition of a peel is the rind or outer layer of fruit.(noun)
An example of a peel is the yellow outer skin of an banana.
See peel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME pilien, peolien < OE *pilian < L pilare, to make bald < pilus, hair: see pile
Origin: ME pele < OFr < L pala, a spade
Origin: ME pel < Anglo-Fr < OFr, a fort, stake < L palus: see pale
See peel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Middle English pilen, pelen, to peel
Origin: , from Old French peler,
Origin: and Old English pilian (both from Latin pilāre, to deprive of hair, from pilus, hair)
Origin: and from Old French pillier, to tug, pull, plunder (from Latin pilleum, felt cap).
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French pele
Origin: , from Latin pāla, spade, peel; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English pel, stake, small castle
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman, stockade
Origin: , variant of Old French, stake
Origin: , from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
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