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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
1400-50; late Middle English; see buck1, skin
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Examples from the Web for buckskin
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  • Our friend didn't want a second try from those clever heels of buckskin.

  • You would be just as welcome at my table if you came in buckskin trousers.

  • "I prefer to saddle and bridle myself, also," said Mr. Stott, when the buckskin was pointed out to him.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • He wears no blanket, just the buckskin, beaded as becomes his high rank.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • "I took you for an Indian girl in all this buckskin," he said.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • The man stroked the buckskin's neck affectionately as he talked.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • All at once the buckskin made a mad rush for the corral fence.

    The Boy Scouts On The Range Lieut. Howard Payson
  • I removed them and placed them in the roll of buckskin that I carried for moccasin-patches.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Such parts of our clothing as did not consist of buckskin, paid frequent tribute to these brambles.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • She was sure the rider of the buckskin was no Sunset puncher.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
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 a strong greyish-yellow suede leather, originally made from deerskin but now usually made from sheepskin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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