Leather
Leather Leath"er (l[e^][th]"[~e]r), n. [OE. lether, AS. le[eth]er; akin to D. leder, le[^e]r, G. leder, OHG. ledar, Icel. le[eth]r, Sw. l["a]der, Dan. l[ae]der.] 1. The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, with the hair removed, and tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively. [1913 Webster]

2. The skin. [Ironical or Sportive] [1913 Webster]

Note: Leather is much used adjectively in the sense of made of, relating to, or like, leather. [1913 Webster]

{Leather board}, an imitation of sole leather, made of leather scraps, rags, paper, etc.

{Leather carp} (Zo["o]l.), a variety of carp in which the scales are all, or nearly all, absent. See Illust. under {Carp}.

{Leather jacket}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A California carangoid fish ({Oligoplites saurus}). (b) A trigger fish ({Balistes Carolinensis}).

{Leather flower} (Bot.), a climbing plant ({Clematis Viorna}) of the Middle and Southern States having thick, leathery sepals of a purplish color.

{Leather leaf} (Bot.), a low shrub ({Cassandra calyculata}), growing in Northern swamps, and having evergreen, coriaceous, scurfy leaves.

{Leather plant} (Bot.), one or more New Zealand plants of the composite genus {Celmisia}, which have white or buff tomentose leaves.

{Leather turtle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Leatherback}.

{Vegetable leather}. (a) An imitation of leather made of cotton waste. (b) Linen cloth coated with India rubber. --Ure. [1913 Webster]


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  • leather — [leth′ər] n. [ME lether < OE lether , akin to Ger leder, ON lethr, MHG leder < Gmc * lethra < ? or akin ? to Celt base as in OIr lethar, Welsh lledr] 1. a material consisting of animal skin prepared for use by removing the hair and… …   English World dictionary

  • leather — leath er, a. Of, pertaining to or made of leather; consisting of leather; as, a black leather jacket. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leather — ► NOUN 1) a material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process. 2) a piece of leather as a polishing cloth. 3) (leathers) leather clothes worn by a motorcyclist. ► VERB 1) (leathered) cover with leather. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • leather — (n.) O.E. leðer (in compounds only) hide, skin, leather, from P.Gmc. *lethran (Cf. O.N. leðr, O.Fris. lether, O.S. lethar, M.Du., Du. leder, O.H.G. ledar, Ger. leder), from PIE *letro leather (Cf. O.Ir. lethar, Welsh lledr, Breton …   Etymology dictionary

  • Leather — Leath er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leathering}.] To beat, as with a thong of leather. [Obs. or Colloq.] G. Eliot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leather — For other uses, see Leather (disambiguation). Modern leather working tools Leather is a durable and flexible material created via the tanning of putrescible animal rawhide and skin, primarily cattlehide. It can be produced through different… …   Wikipedia

  • leather — /ledh euhr/, n. 1. the skin of an animal, with the hair removed, prepared for use by tanning or a similar process designed to preserve it against decay and make it pliable or supple when dry. 2. an article made of this material. 3. See stirrup… …   Universalium

  • leather — 01. I bought a beautiful [leather] coat in Mexico for only $150. 02. Hey, if you re a vegetarian, how come you re wearing [leather] shoes? 03. He spends a lot of time out in the sun working on his tan, so his skin has gotten quite [leathery] and… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Leather — La bandera de orgullo leather, también utilizada por las subculturas aficionadas a los fetichismos sexuales y al BDSM …   Wikipedia Español

  • leather — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ thick, thin ▪ soft ▪ shiny ▪ worn ▪ black ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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