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[kaf-skin, kahf-] /ˈkæfˌskɪn, ˈkɑf-/
the skin or hide of a calf.
leather made from this skin.
Origin of calfskin
First recorded in 1580-90; calf1 + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Uncle Thomas glanced involuntarily down at his own thick, double-soled, calfskin understandings.

  • When one walks in calfskin boots—yes; but not when one goes barefooted!

    Lucky Pehr August Strindberg
  • Remember that, as previously stated, Russian calfskin is the best for tooling.

  • I had set him thus conspicuous with intention, because of his calfskin binding, quite old and worn.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • If one can possibly afford it, calfskin boots and heavy gloves should always be purchased.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • The latter set the bill carefully into a big wallet of his own, "sunk" the calfskin, and buttoned up his buffalo coat.

  • The laces were thongs of calfskin, each of them a full yard long.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • calfskin makes a good flexible foot binding, or a suitable strip of folded cloth or canvas may be used.

  • The foot was calfskin and the tops of morocco, and came above the knee.

  • "Patent leather" is made principally of cowhide, horsehide, and calfskin.

British Dictionary definitions for calfskin


the skin or hide of a calf
Also called calf
  1. fine leather made from this skin
  2. (as modifier): calfskin boots
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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