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the thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body of a person or animal or object
ORIGIN late Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn; related to Dutch schinden ‘flay, peel’ and German schinden.
noun chiefly humorous
a book, esp. a large, heavy, scholarly one : a weighty tome.
ORIGIN early 16th cent. (denoting one volume of a larger work): from French, via Latin from Greek tomos ‘section, roll of papyrus, volume’ ; related to temnein ‘to cut.’