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cowskin

[kou-skin]
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noun
  1. the skin of a cow.
  2. the leather made from it.

Origin of cowskin

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40; cow1 + skin
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Examples from the Web for cowskin

Historical Examples

  • The cowskin is a kind of whip seldom seen in the northern states.

    My Bondage and My Freedom

    Frederick Douglass

  • After the cowskin was dried up, Ned started for town to sell it.

  • Buffing is practically only the grain of cowskin from which almost all the flesh has been split.

    Library Bookbinding

    Arthur Low Bailey

  • If time suffice, you might cross over into the valley of the Cowskin and learn the condition of forage there as well.

    My Lady of the North

    Randall Parrish

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for cowskin

cowskin

noun
  1. another word for cowhide
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