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[goht-skin] /ˈgoʊtˌskɪn/
the skin or hide of a goat.
leather made from it.
Origin of goatskin
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at goat, skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The goatskin remained clinging tight to the pope all the same.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • And when her head is severed, wrap it in the goatskin on which the shield hangs.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • A man, when he is a father, wears a cape of goatskin "inadequate for decency."


    William Graham Sumner
  • Suzanne heard, and her face grew white as the goatskin cloak she wore.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • It matched the coat of goatskin, the bare knees and the moccasins I had planned for him.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • It was a strong, harsh wine, in which goatskin and resin struggled for predominance.

    The Brass Bottle

    F. Anstey
  • One goatskin yet remained, and out of that it was determined to make a sail.

  • "If that suits you it will suit me," said Gilly of the goatskin, and he began to dig again.

  • The little animal that had been in the claws of the crane came to Gilly of the goatskin.

British Dictionary definitions for goatskin


the hide of a goat
  1. something made from the hide of a goat, such as leather or a container for wine
  2. (as modifier): a goatskin rug
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Word Origin and History for goatskin

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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