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buckskin

[buhk-skin] /ˈbʌkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a buck or deer.
2.
a strong, soft, yellowish or grayish leather, originally prepared from deerskins, now usually from sheepskins.
3.
buckskins, breeches or shoes made of buckskin.
4.
a stiff, firm, starched cotton cloth with a smooth surface and napped back.
5.
a sturdy wool fabric constructed in satin weave, napped and cropped short to provide a smooth finish, and used in the manufacture of outer garments.
6.
a person, especially a backwoodsman, dressed in buckskin.
7.
a horse the color of buckskin.
adjective
8.
made of buckskin:
buckskin gloves.
9.
having the color of buckskin; yellowish or grayish.
Origin of buckskin
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at buck1, skin
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Examples from the Web for buckskin
Historical Examples
  • Pass me the thong of buckskin, Uncas, and let me take the length of this foot.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Mrs. McNeil rose, carried it outside the gate, and planted it by buckskin's side.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • There was also a buckskin waistcoat which was aged and ripened.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • She did not heed his swift gesture in ripping back the buckskin vest.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • His garments were sadly torn, and he had patched them in many places with buckskin.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • So, as has been said, he came walking up to buckskin Frank––from in front.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • See, lad, the pieces of the buckskin are hanging from their necks yet.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The buckskin horse she recognized as the one she had ridden the night before.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • He wore the buckskin coat of a trapper and in the belt were two pistols.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • The more costly ones of buckskin were worn only by officers.

British Dictionary definitions for buckskin

buckskin

/ˈbʌkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a male deer
2.
  1. a strong greyish-yellow suede leather, originally made from deerskin but now usually made from sheepskin
  2. (as modifier): buckskin boots
3.
(US) (sometimes capital) a person wearing buckskin clothes, esp an American soldier of the Civil War
4.
a stiffly starched cotton cloth
5.
a strong satin-woven woollen fabric
adjective
6.
greyish-yellow
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Word Origin and History for buckskin
n.

c.1300, "skin of a buck," from buck (n.1) + skin (n.). Meaning "leather made from buckskin" was in use by 1804. The word was a nickname for Continental troops in the American Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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