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Piel and Peel

The Eng­lish peel comes from the Latin pilus, mean­ing “hair”, from which we get the Span­ish for “hair,” pe­lo.

More in­ter­est­ing, how­ev­er, is its Span­ish cousin, piel, mean­ing “skin,” from the re­lat­ed Latin pel­lis, mean­ing “hide”.

Your skin, af­ter all, is just a thin cov­er­ing of your body — just when you peel the skin off of the ap­ple.

The p‑l root is eas­i­ly vis­i­ble in all of these.

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