- a thick and firm outer coat or covering, as of certain fruits, cheeses, and meats: watermelon rind; orange rind; bacon rind.
- the bark of a tree.
- a hard outer layer or skin on bacon, cheese, etc
- the outer layer of a fruit or of the spore-producing body of certain fungi
- the outer layer of the bark of a tree
Old English rinde “bark, crust,” later “peel of a fruit or vegetable” (c.1400), from Proto-Germanic *rind- (cf. Old Saxon rinda, Middle Dutch and Dutch rinde “bark of a tree,” Old High German rinda, German Rinde), probably related to Old English rendan (see rend (v.)).