student asking question

I say people say "peel" when it comes to fruits. So, it can be used for human as well, and also used for both verb and noun?

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Native speaker’s answer

Rebecca

Yes! It can be used when referring to human skin. For humans, it's only a verb. When skin "peels" or "peels" off. Whereas for fruit and vegetables, "peel" is both a noun and a verb since the outer skin is called a "peel," depending on the fruit. Ex: My skin is peeling after getting burnt. Ex: I need to throw away the orange peel.

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