Etymology
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paring (n.)

late 14c., "act of trimming" something, also "that which is pared off;" verbal noun from pare (v.). Paring-knife is attested from 1590s.

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Definitions of paring

paring (n.)
a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something;
Synonyms: sliver / shaving
paring (n.)
(usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel;
she could peel an apple with a single long paring
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