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Pelt

pelt
1. To strike with something thrown or driven; to assail with pellets or missiles, as, to pelt with stones; pelted with hail. The children billows seem to pelt the clouds. (Shak)
2. To throw; to use as a missile. My Phillis me with pelted apples plies. (Dryden)
Origin: OE. Pelten, pulten, pilten, to thrust, throw, strike; cf. L. Pultare, equiv. To pulsare (v. Freq. Fr. Pellere to drive), and E. Pulse a beating.
1. The skin of a beast with the hair on; a raw or undressed hide; a skin preserved with the hairy or woolly covering on it. See 4th fell. Raw pelts clapped about them for their clothes. (Fuller)
2. The human skin.
3. (Science: veterinary) The body of any quarry killed by the hawk. Pelt rot, a disease affecting the hair or wool of a beast.
Origin: Cf. G. Pelz a pelt, fur, fr. OF. Pelice, F. Pelisse (see Pelisse); or perh. Shortened fr. Peltry.
The dressed hairy coat of a mammal.


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