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[deer-skin] /ˈdɪərˌskɪn/
the skin of a deer.
leather made from this.
a garment made of such leather.
made of deerskin:
a deerskin jacket.
Origin of deerskin
1350-1400; Middle English dereskin, variant of deres skin. See deer, skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the coyote took him by the neck of his deerskin shirt and dragged him a little.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • In the refuse on the floor I found a piece of deerskin about ten inches square.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Pete made a rough coat and even a skirt for her of deerskin.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • At one side and alone stood a deerskin tent of peculiar form.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • Inside the wigwam, a deerskin curtain separated them from each other.

  • One had pink rosettes at his ears and a deerskin side-saddle.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Like a pocket of deerskin is every house, warm and small and full of good things.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • A deerskin served as a saddle, and rough thongs of leather as a bridle.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • Throwing herself on the deerskin couch, she burst into a flood of tears.

    Ungava R.M. Ballantyne
  • The dog had kept himself alive by gnawing the deerskin of which the traces were made.

    Ungava R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for deerskin


  1. the hide of a deer
  2. (as modifier): a deerskin jacket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deerskin

late 14c., from deer + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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