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[raw-hahyd] /ˈrɔˌhaɪd/
untanned skin of cattle or other animals.
a rope or whip made of rawhide.
verb (used with object), rawhided, rawhiding.
to whip with a rawhide.
Origin of rawhide
First recorded in 1650-60; raw + hide2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He gave an impression of dry dinginess, like rawhide, and his eyes were mean and shifty.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • As he rode, Rathburn took his rawhide lariat from its place on the saddle.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • He had been writhing in his rawhide bonds, in a furious struggle to break loose.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Then they put a handle on the grooved stone and fastened it with rawhide.

  • He covered the towers with rawhide to protect them from any kind of missile.

  • Then he picked up a rawhide, and began to ply it freely over my shoulders.

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley
  • They were fond of painting their rawhide cases in brilliant colors.

    The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
  • “What you want is a rawhide,” said McCloud, eying young Byram.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • As she spoke, she began uncoiling the rawhide riata which was tied to her saddle.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • One of the Indians on horseback began to uncoil his rawhide saddle-rope.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for rawhide


untanned hide
a whip or rope made of strips cut from such a hide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rawhide

"material cut from untanned skins of cattle," 1650s, from raw (adj.) + hide (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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