1. To strip off the skin, bark, or rind of; to strip by drawing or tearing off the skin, bark, husks, etc.; to flay; to decorticate; as, to peel an orange. The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands. (Shak)
Origin: F. Peler to pull out the hair, to strip, to peel, fr. L. Pilare to deprive of hair, fr. Pilus a hair; or perh. Partly fr. F. Peler to peel off the skin, perh. Fr. L. Pellis skin (cf. Fell skin). Cf. Peruke.