berend

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *berenden, from Old English berendan (to peel, take off husk), equivalent to be- +‎ rend.

Verb[edit]

berend (third-person singular simple present berends, present participle berending, simple past and past participle berent)

  1. (transitive) To rend or tear severely; tear badly; rip all over.
    • 1904, Elizabethan sonnets:
      Then red with ire, her tresses she berent; And weeping hid the beauty of her face: