rind / rīnd/ • n. the tough outer layer of something, in particular: ∎ the tough outer skin of certain fruit, esp. citrus fruit. ∎ the hard outer edge of cheese or bacon, usually removed before eating. ∎ the bark of a tree or plant. ∎ the hard outer layer of a rhizomorph or other part of a fungus. ∎ the skin or blubber of a whale.• v. [tr.] strip the bark from (a tree).DERIVATIVES: rind·ed adj. [in comb.] yellow-rinded lemons. rind·less adj.