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leathery

[leth -uh-ree] /ˈlɛð ə ri/
adjective
1.
like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.
Origin of leathery
1545-1555
1545-55; leather + -y1
Related forms
leatheriness, noun
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  • His face was brown and leathery, too, and it was puckered and sour.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The primary larva is leathery and settles on the Bee's body.

  • The leathery leaves are more or less oval, two or three inches long, with toothed edges and hairy stalks.

  • It was something cold, and hard, and leathery, close to his waist.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Mrs. O'Shanaghgan gave her a cold stare, and helped herself languidly to a small snippet of leathery toast.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for leathery

leathery

/ˈlɛðərɪ/
adjective
1.
having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
Derived Forms
leatheriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leathery
adj.

1550s, from leather + -y (2). Related: Leatheriness.

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