Decorticate

de·cor·ti·cate

verb

past tense: decorticated; past participle: decorticated

  1. technical remove the bark, rind, or husk from. “decorticated peanuts”
  2. subject to surgical decortication.

Yesterday, I taught my visitor how to decorticate cardamom pods using a paper towel and meat mallet.   I wanted to use the word, “decorticate” but the word escaped me, so today I am writing about the word so perhaps next time I want to use the word, I won’t stumble about trying to remember that perfect action word for the task at hand. 

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