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Definition of skinned

: having skin especially of a specified kind usually used in combination dark-skinned

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Black rhino—some mammalian reflection of the Jurassic, thick-skinned toughness of this landscape—lumber through the ravines, lunching on the weird euphorbia plants that are toxic to most other creatures. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The platform routinely serves videos espousing neo-Nazi propaganda, phony reports portraying dark-skinned people as violent savages and conspiracy theories claiming that large numbers of leading politicians and celebrities molested children. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 Doswell said Sox owner Charles Comiskey led the charge to ban Charlie Grant, a light-skinned African-American who also posed as a Native American to try to gain acceptance. Teddy Greenstein,, "White Sox's Tim Anderson inspires Chicago youths during a tour of Negro Leagues Museum," 28 Apr. 2018 But as the fishermen sold more fish, the artisans sold more crafts, and the boat drivers received more customers, the residents of these outlying districts gradually warmed to the sight of light-skinned American tourists in their midst. James F. Mccarty,, "Colombia offers unspoiled beauty for tourists after being unreachable for decades (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018 Its practitioners were often thick-skinned tradesmen, regarded as little different socially from barbers or butchers. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 While representation of black women in movies and television continues to steadily rise, many people have pointed out that light-skinned actors are often the ones afforded these roles. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Calls for Representation of Black Women in Hollywood to Change at Beautycon 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 For the longest, Knowles would only date white or light-skinned black women. Jenice Armstrong,, "Beyonce's dad talks about racism, colorism and rumors about who bit his daughter's face | Jenice Armstrong," 30 Mar. 2018 Leathery-skinned women wearing jingling bangles, men in white turbans and a rickshaw driver in a dress shirt took turns feeding the injured animals handfuls of roasted chickpeas and offering prayers. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: having skin of a specified kind


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Medical Definition of skinned

: having skin especially of a specified kind usually used in combination dark-skinned

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