- the outside covering of the stems and roots of trees and woody plants
- some kinds of this matter used in tanning, dyeing, etc.
Origin of barkMiddle English from Old Norse b?rkr, akin to Middle Low German borke
- to treat with a bark infusion, as in leather tanning
- to take the bark off; specif., to girdle (a tree)
- Informal to scrape some skin off: to bark one's shin