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a type of leather hardened by soaking in wax, used for armour before the 14th century
Word Origin
French, literally: boiled leather
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  • When it had dried to a fitting hardness it was covered with cuir-bouilli, or boiled leather, which made it watertight.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • A ridged knee-defence of cuir-bouilli or plate enveloping the knee, over the mail.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • cuir-bouilli, leather softened by boiling, during which process it took any form or impression required, and afterwards hardened.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
  • The style was none other than a piecing together of the best features of chain mail, plate, and cuir-bouilli.

    Chats on Military Curios Stanley C. Johnson

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