Cassandra calyculata
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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