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[kou-skin] /ˈkaʊˌskɪn/
the skin of a cow.
the leather made from it.
Origin of cowskin
An Americanism dating back to 1730-40; cow1 + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is equally easy and vastly more efficacious to ply judicious religious instruction than to ply the cowskin or the paddle!

    Slavery and the Constitution William Ingersoll Bowditch
  • After the cowskin was dried up, Ned started for town to sell it.

  • Ranaway, the negro slave named Jupiter—has a fresh mark of a cowskin on one of his cheeks.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Buffing is practically only the grain of cowskin from which almost all the flesh has been split.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • When Cooper remarked that Cochran could not be in earnest the latter replied by a cut with his cowskin.

    The Story of Cooperstown Ralph Birdsall
  • The overseer stands at the quarter door, armed with stick and cowskin, ready to whip any who may be a few minutes behind time.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • The cowskin is a kind of whip seldom seen in the northern states.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • cowskin is good for books which are to be much handled and are likely to be worn out and discarded within five years.

  • On his back were thirty-seven gashes made with a cowskin, while on his head were many bruises besides.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
  • IT was well into the third day when we came down into the fertile valley of the cowskin.

    My Lady of the North Randall Parrish
British Dictionary definitions for cowskin


another word for cowhide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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