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grater (n.)

instrument for scraping (bread, ginger, etc.), late 14c., from Old French grateor, agent noun from grater "to scrape, scratch out or off" (see grate (v.)).

updated on April 16, 2015

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Definitions of grater from WordNet

grater (n.)
utensil with sharp perforations for shredding foods (as vegetables or cheese);
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