- the soft, deep-gray, fragile fur of the mole.
- a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.
- moleskins, a garment, especially trousers, of this fabric.
- a soft, usually adhesive-backed fabric applied to the feet or other areas of the body to prevent irritation or abrasion.
Origin of moleskin
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Examples from the Web for moleskins
Descending, I passed a giant in moleskins who filled the low-ceiled tap-room.The Day's Work, Volume 1
Moleskins, flannel waistcoat, cabbage-tree hat and 'lastic-side boots.Children of the Bush
"They" came before twilight—a black-bearded man in moleskins, and a little palsied old woman, who chirruped like a wren.Actions and Reactions
Boys would go to the few schools in the town in moleskins as woolen was expensive.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)</p>
William Henry Atherton
A few had stopped to get their coats, but most of them wore nothing over their soil-and toil-stained shirts and moleskins.Colonial Born
G. Firth Scott
- clothing of moleskin
- the dark grey dense velvety pelt of a mole, used as a fur
- a hard-wearing cotton fabric of twill weave used for work clothes, etc
- (modifier) made from moleskina moleskin waistcoat
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Word Origin and History for moleskins
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