One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person or their skin) not tanned by exposure to the sun.
- ‘Eight 1.5 cm 2 test sites on each subject's untanned, upper-back skin were irradiated with a TL - 01 UVB dose series (50, 70, 100, 140, 200, 280, 390 and 550 mJ / cm 2; 1.4 incremental factor).’
- ‘However, the only ‘great whites’ likely to be on display are the untanned torsos of some of the bathers or the gleaming smiles of the children as they play in the water, unaware that inflatable sharks will be prowling the pool.’
- ‘Then the fingers at the ends of those long, thin, untanned arms attacking the piano with the furiously proficient ardor of a Rubinstein or a Rubirosa.’
- ‘The yet untanned autumn faces of the foreigners grew paler as they heard glass shattering.’
- ‘While the rest of you may yearn for an even Bisto colour all over, I'm happy to sport that telltale white bracelet of untanned skin round my left wrist.’
- ‘Their untanned winter bodies will be heading for Europe at the start of July in time for the final World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.’
- ‘A lifeguard told me recently that she can always spot the golf dads at the pool: pale forehead, dark V-shaped patch of turkey skin below the throat, untanned glove hand, feet like little booties.’
- ‘This condition causes increased dark patches on pale or untanned skin and light patches on tanned or darker skin.’
- ‘They previously noted that the edema response for hairless mice closely approximated the erythema reaction of untanned Caucasian human skin, with nearly identical action spectra.’
- ‘Using daily dosages equivalent to the threshold dose for erythema production in untanned human skin, he found that the peak carcinogenic response occurred at 310 nm.’
- ‘She had pulled up the lower edges of her trunks and exposed half moons of untanned flesh.’
2(of animal skin) not converted into leather by tanning.‘untanned hides’
- ‘The following offices in New Zealand have the ability to issue export certification for untanned hides of New Zealand origin.’
- ‘This compares with shipments of feathers, for instance, valued at [pounds sterling] 135,453 over the same period, or of untanned cowhides priced at [pounds sterling] 3 million.’
- ‘Other early materials were parchment, made from the untanned skins of sheep or goats and vellum, or fine parchment, made from calf-, kid-, and lambskin.’
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