peel1 (1266-1300)

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peel1 (1266-1300)

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[ FEW: *8,483a pilare; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  peel n.3 / pill n.2; MED:  pil(e n.2; DMLBS: ]
M.E. (?)

According to the OED, modern English peel derives from the Old English verb *pilian (‘to peel, remove the outer skin’), which, in turn, comes from Classical Latin pilare (‘to remove hair’). Similarly, this would link Anglo-Norman peel with peler1 (‘to peel’) rather than with pel1 (‘skin’), even though the DMF incorporates the sense ‘Enveloppe qui couvre les fruits et les légumes’ in its entry for peau. While it can ultimately not be excluded that peel should likewise be read as a variant spelling of pel1, we separate this spelling (and sense) on the grounds of it belonging, under the influence of English, to the pilare word-group.


1bot.peel, layer
( MS: c.1325 )  Pernez la racine de ruge parele, si le quissez ben en ewe e kant il est ben quis, si ostez le suvereyne peel  35.C91
fruitbot.peel, rind of fruit
( 1266-1300; MS: s.xiv1/4 )  Entre totes celes (=prunes) sount meillours ke sont charnouses e de tenve peel e sotille e un petitet egres, si ke ne seient du tot douces  300
peler#1  pelure 
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