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rind n also rhind, rine* [phonetics unavailable]. OED ~ sb1 1 'bark of a tree or plant' (888-1845); EDD sb1 3 esp s w cties; DC Nfld (1620-) for sense 1.
   1 The bark or cortex of a tree, specif a 6-ft (1.8 m) length of bark removed in one piece from a standing spruce or fir and used for various fisheries and building purposes.
   1620 WHITBOURNE 30 The rindes of these trees serve to cover their Stages, and necessary roomes, with turfes on them; so that in a few yeares, I feare, that most of the good timber trees neere the Sea-side, where men use to fish, will be either felled, spoyled or burned. [1663] 1963 YONGE 56 The houses are made of a frythe of boughs, sealed inside with rinds ... and covered with the same. 1792 CARTWRIGHT i, xii Each rind must be six feet long, and as wide as the circumference of the tree on which it grew. [1822] 1856 CORMACK 9 Fishermen of the neighbouring parts came hither in spring for the rinds of the fir tree. 1840 GOSSE 25 A rind is the whole bark, for about five feet in length, of a young fir, or spruce, which, (an incision all round at each end, and a longitudinal division, having been made,) is at that season easily stripped off: when pressed flat, they are used as a covering for es of fish in wet weather. [1894] 1975 WHITELEY 169 Men went for Rinds—two boats. 1927 DOYLE (ed) 59 "One Summer in 'Bonay' ": 'Twas Banbary River where we were consigned, / We had one boat for wood, and another for rhind. 1932 BARBOUR 1 We then spread rinds all over the hold, and the ship was ready for the fish the next day. 1955 DOYLE (ed) 30 "I'se the B'y": Sods and rinds to cover yer flake, / Cake and tea for supper, / Codfish in the spring o' the year / Fried in maggoty butter. T 14/20-64 Before the men would start to go fishing, they'd go away in the woods where there was timber, let's say six to ten inches in diameter. As far as they could reach, they'd cut the rine off and come right down through and cleave the rine off. With sap in the tree the rine would come off... You'd have what we used to call a shim, something like a slice. You take that and you shove it around the rine. T 141/68-652 You do 'em up in tens, ten rines—that'd be a nitch ... you'd never believe the weight is in rind—enough for an ordinary man to lug, a nitch o' rines is. 1973 GOUDIE 40 Every spare moment I had I peeled the rind (bark) off the logs and helped lay the floor.
   2 Phr as near as rind on a tree: very close (P 148-63).

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