1. The head of a person; the top, or crown, of the head. "His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate." (Ps. Vii. 16) "Fat paunches have lean pate." (Shak)

2. The skin of a calf's head.

Origin: Cf. LG. & Prov. G. Pattkopf, patzkopf, scabby head; patt, patz, scab + kopf head.

(01 Mar 1998)

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