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B'ARK, noun [Probably from stripping, separating.]

1. The rind or exterior covering of a tree, corresponding to the skin of an animal. This is composed of the cuticle or epidermis, the outer bark or cortex, and the inner bark or liber. The rough broken matter on bark is, by the common people of New England, called ross.

2. By way of distinction. Peruvian bark

B'ARK, verb transitive To peel; to strip off bark Also to cover or inclose with bark