From Middle English *berenden, from Old English berendan (“to peel, take off husk”), equivalent to be- + rend.
berend (third-person singular simple present berends, present participle berending, simple past and past participle berent)
- (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: