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English noun: skin

1. skin (body) a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

SamplesYour skin is the largest organ of your body.

Synonymscutis, tegument

Broader (hypernym)body covering, connective tissue

Narrower (hyponym)agnail, buff, cuticle, dewlap, foreskin, foreskin, hangnail, investment, prepuce, prepuce, scalp, skin graft, thick skin

Part holonymblackhead, comedo, corium, crease, crinkle, cuticle, derma, dermis, epidermis, freckle, free nerve ending, furrow, lentigo, line, liver spot, macula, macule, milium, Pacinian corpuscle, pore, pressure point, scab, seam, skin cell, sudoriferous gland, sweat gland, whitehead, wrinkle

Part meronymintegumentary system

Substance holonymmelanin

2. skin (artifact) an outer surface (usually thin)

SamplesThe skin of an airplane.

Broader (hypernym)surface

Part meronymaircraft

3. skin (animal) body covering of a living animal

Synonymshide, pelt

Broader (hypernym)body covering

4. skin (state) a person's skin regarded as their life

SamplesHe tried to save his skin.

Broader (hypernym)aliveness, animation, life, living

5. skin (food) the rind of a fruit or vegetable


Broader (hypernym)rind

Narrower (hyponym)banana peel, banana skin, jacket, lemon peel, lemon rind, orange peel, orange rind

Part meronymedible fruit

6. skin (artifact) a bag serving as a container for liquids; it is made from the hide of an animal

Broader (hypernym)bag

Narrower (hyponym)water skin, waterskin, wineskin

English verb: skin

1. skin (motion) climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling

Synonymsclamber, scramble, shin, shinny, sputter, struggle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)climb

2. skin (contact) bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of

SamplesThe boy skinned his knee when he fell.

ExamplesDid he skin his foot?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

3. skin (contact) remove the bark of a tree

ExamplesThey skin the trees


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strip

4. skin (contact) strip the skin off

SamplesPare apples.

ExamplesThe chefs skin the vegetables

Synonymspare, peel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strip

Narrower (hyponym)flay, peel off

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