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noun [countable/uncountable] skin pronunciation in American English /skɪn/
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  1. 1
    the outer layer of a persons or animals body
    She has beautiful soft skin.
    A dog’s skin is covered with fur.
    Most snakes shed their skin several times a year.
    fair/dark/olive skin: I have fair skin that burns very easily.
    skin peels (=falls off gradually in small pieces): I got sunburnt and now my skin is peeling.
    dry/oily/sensitive skin: a lotion specially designed for oily skin
    1. a.
      the outer layer cut from an animals body, used for making clothing and decorations
      Some hunters decorate their homes with the skins of the animals they’ve killed.
      a leopard skin rug
    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to or affecting your skin
      skin color
      a skin disease
      skin cancer
  2. 2
    the outer layer of a fruit or vegetable
    Banana skins are yellow.
    peel (off) the skin (=remove it): Either wash your fruit or peel off its skin before you eat it.
    1. b.
      a thin layer that forms on top of a liquid such as milk or soup when it becomes cold after being hot
      Cover the custard to prevent a skin forming as it cools.



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