- a fine, smooth leather produced by careful tanning and dyeing, especially in dark red: originally prepared in Russia.
Origin of Russia leather
First recorded in 1650–60
Also called rus·sia.
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Examples from the Web for russia leather
To his dismay he drew out a Russia-leather pocket-book, of which he knew nothing.The Telegraph Boy
Horatio Alger, Jr.
She gave it; he noted it, closed his little Russia-leather book with a snap, and pocketed it.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
The question now lay between the Russia-leather purse and himself.
No trace of that Russia-leather purse was to be found about Cecile.
For the Russia-leather purse represented her honor to the little girl.
- a smooth dyed leather made from calfskin and scented with birch tar oil, originally produced in Russia
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