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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.