Russia leather
Russia Rus"sia, n. A country of Europe and Asia. [1913 Webster]

{Russia iron}, a kind of sheet iron made in Russia, having a lustrous blue-black surface.

{Russia leather}, a soft kind of leather, made originally in Russia but now elsewhere, having a peculiar odor from being impregnated with an oil obtained from birch bark. It is much used in bookbinding, on account of its not being subject to mold, and being proof against insects.

{Russia matting}, matting manufactured in Russia from the inner bark of the linden ({Tilia Europ[ae]a}). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Russia leather — n. a fine, smooth leather, usually dyed dark red, orig. made in Russia of hides treated with oil from birch bark: used in bookbinding, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Russia leather — noun Etymology: Russia, Europe Date: 1658 leather made by tanning various skins with willow, birch, or oak and then rubbing the flesh side with a phenolic oil distilled from a European birch called also Russia calf …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Russia leather — a fine, smooth leather produced by careful tanning and dyeing, esp. in dark red: originally prepared in Russia. Also called russia. [1650 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • Russia leather — /ˈrʌʃə lɛðə/ (say rushuh ledhuh) noun a fine, smooth leather produced by careful tanning and dyeing, especially in dark red; originally prepared in Russia, but imitated elsewhere. Also, russia …   Australian English dictionary

  • Russia leather — n. a durable bookbinding leather from skins impregnated with birch bark oil. Etymology: Russia in E. Europe …   Useful english dictionary

  • Russia leather — noun a durable leather made from calfskin and impregnated with birchbark oil, used for bookbinding …   English new terms dictionary

  • Russia leather — Rus′sia leath′er n. clo a fine, smooth leather tanned with birch bark; often having a darkened color. Also called Rus′sian calf′ …   From formal English to slang

  • american russia leather — noun Usage: usually capitalized A&R : calfskin or cowhide leather finished to resemble Russia leather …   Useful english dictionary

  • Russia — Rus sia, n. A country of Europe and Asia. [1913 Webster] {Russia iron}, a kind of sheet iron made in Russia, having a lustrous blue black surface. {Russia leather}, a soft kind of leather, made originally in Russia but now elsewhere, having a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Russia iron — Russia Rus sia, n. A country of Europe and Asia. [1913 Webster] {Russia iron}, a kind of sheet iron made in Russia, having a lustrous blue black surface. {Russia leather}, a soft kind of leather, made originally in Russia but now elsewhere,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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