Translation of peel in Spanish:


pelar, v.

Pronunciation /pil//piːl/

transitive verb

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    (potato/apple/banana) pelar
    • ‘We try to use as many fresh ingredients as possible and cooks are busy in the morning peeling potatoes and carrots for that day's menu,’ said Mr Marshall.
    • He was sitting on the quay at a turn in the canal, peeling an orange, dropping bits of skin into the water.
    • If you're eating off the market, peel vegetables and fruit.
    • To peel prawns, twist off their heads and pull off the ‘legs’.
    • He's done every job there from cleaning the kitchen and sweeping floors to peeling potatoes, managing the storeroom and cooking.
    • While the bird is colouring in the butter you can peel the garlic, trim and cut the celery into short lengths.
    • So I watched spotty boys peel potatoes and old guys scoop haddock so tenderly from the deep fryer.
    • We girls had to help from the time we were real small, with the cooking, peeling potatoes, setting the table and all that.
    • While the squash is roasting, peel the onions and slice them finely.
    • His mother was in the kitchen, peeling potatoes.
    • Primary prevention consists of hand washing, drinking only safe water, peeling all fruits and vegetables, and eating well-cooked foods.
    • Alternatively, slice off the skin as if you were peeling an apple in a spiral.
    • They don't have the equipment to peel the carrots and potatoes, and there are nowhere near enough ovens.
    • Cook some broth, peel the potatoes and cut into slices.
    • All the workers had an interesting life story that she or he shares while cutting carrots or peeling potatoes.
    • I peeled the orange quickly wondering how she got the fruit.
    • As the potatoes are cooking, peel the onion, cut it in half and then into thick slices.
    • I spent the day peeling onions and potatoes, chopping carrots, sweeping, and helping with the laundry.
    • ‘We don't believe that the onus should be on the consumer to wash and peel fruit and vegetables to remove pesticides,’ a spokeswoman said.
    • As a child, it was always a great treat to visit her in the cafe and help her: chopping vegetables, peeling potatoes, mixing ice cream.
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    the bark had been peeled from the trees habían descortezado los árboles
    • as he lifted the dressing, he peeled away a layer of skin al quitar la venda arrancó / levantó una capa de piel
    • he peeled back the plastic film quitó / despegó la película de plástico

intransitive verb

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    (person) pelarse
    (person) despellejarse
    (paint) desconcharse
    (paint) salirse
    (wallpaper) despegarse
    my nose is peeling se me está pelando / despellejando la nariz
    • to peel away desconcharse
    • In the other places along the wall it was peeling so much she could see the original color of black.
    • There are cracks spreading in the concrete balconies, paint peeling from the building, and its signs are in disrepair.
    • The ceiling tiles are waterlogged, the lino is cracked and the walls are peeling.
    • Wallpaper was nearly peeling down the walls, curled with age.
    • Mine looks slightly different: the paint is peeling, the viewpoint is higher.
    • The grain is flat or tangential, and the exterior layers are peeling.
    • It is a multi-stemmed specimen with glossy amber or golden brown bark that peels in thin strips.
    • The long hallway was much like the first floor had been: everything covered in dust, walls peeling, ceilings cracked, and missing floorboards.
    • Today, its exquisite towering antique stained glass windows are broken and covered in layers of dust, its walls are cracked and peeling and the weak wooden balcony cannot support a choir anymore.
    • A carpet devoid of patterns covered the steps, a dark green wallpaper attempting to cover the walls but peeling away as well.
    • The walls were not peeling, the furniture wasn't broken, and the floor and ceiling had obviously been fixed by the different shades of wood.
    • Their red paint is peeling, as is that on most of the house.
    • As it peels, paint chips are loosened and can be ingested by children.
    • Cargo could not see the logic in his friend's words; they were in an empty, shabby, room with walls that were peeling almost as much as the fence outside.
    • He washes his hands repeatedly till the skin starts peeling off.
    • Its walls were peeling and it had graffiti all over it, but it was shelter, and it would be better than the streets.
    • The War Museum was a square building, whose white paint was peeling and chipping off around the edges.
    • The walls are peeling and the windows are broken and I smell what smells like burning hair.
    • Our kitchen had blue shiny tiles on the floor, and plain white wallpaper peeling on the walls.
    • Throughout the year, curling strips of the cinnamon-red outer bark peel off to reveal the paler young bark beneath.
    • The paper of the wall was peeling; the plaster from the moisture of the weather and the old heritage of the building itself.
    • The huts were basic, their green paint peeling, and their beds sagging, but the sheets were clean, the sun shining and the fresh mountain air tinged with the smoke of camp fires was invigorating.
    • But the years have taken their toll, with paint peeling away, rust setting in and parts going missing.
    • Likewise, with a wall prone to damp, raw brick can be easier to maintain, avoiding the problems of paint or paper peeling, or plasterwork buckling.
    • However, the coatings often don't adhere well to the charged surfaces of metals, so they're prone to peeling and flaking.
    • Watered-down paint soaks into the porous concrete so it won't flake or peel like surface paint does.
    • After six hours working there the skin was peeling off the palms of your hands.
    • Soot-stained paint peeled in great strips from rickety frame buildings, pocked with broken windows that wore rusty, torn screens.
    • Striking copper coloured bark on the stems and trunk peels off in large pieces to reveal lighter new bark below making it irresistible to stop and touch.


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    (of potato) piel feminine
    (of potato) cáscara feminine
    (of apple) piel feminine
    (of apple) cáscara feminine Latin America
    (of orange, lemon) cáscara feminine
    • Sift flour, salt and spice, and add to mixture alternately with dried fruit, mixed peel and zest of lemon.
    • The government now says it's OK to eat fruit peel.
    • By rubbing banana peels over your face, you can soften your skin while protecting it from the sun as well.
    • The fruit's peel and pit are also of medical use.
    • What next, said the Herald, oranges with no peel, potatoes without jackets?
    • Combine the fruit peels with the vodka in a jar, cover and let stand for 1 week.
    • Grate the apple over the bread, add the dried fruit and peel, stir in the sugar, marmalade, flour, eggs and spices.
    • This is a quality vodka that delivers the aroma and flavour of the juice rather than the harsher peel from the fruit (in this case, lemons).
    • Shortly before you are ready to serve, cut away the pith and peel of the remaining four oranges.
    • The peel of the fruit will darken in the refrigerator but the banana inside will remain firm and delicious.
    • When I grew up, we were told that our relatives in mainland China had only banana peels to eat.
    • Place all dried fruits, grated apple, mixed peel, cherries, rinds and juices into a large mixing bowl and pour over the brandy/rum and essences.
    • For example, use the zest - the outermost layer of a citrus fruit's peel - from lemons or limes to liven up your salads and soups.
    • She pulled a piece of peel away and tossed it at Victor.
    • For the fruits, I used candied bitter orange peels, green raisins, and dried apricots, figs (black and white), and peach.
    • I began stapling the banana peels to paper rectangles, then gluing the rectangles to the jacket.
    • The pelting water bothers them, so they migrate to the dried fruit peel in the trashcan.
    • Sugar or honey should be added to taste, and fruit peel can impart bitterness.
    • You shake off bits of fruit peel from your shoe and march off, victorious.
    • Marmalades are soft fruit jellies with small pieces of fruit or citrus peel evenly suspended in a transparent jelly.