- a leather made of goatskin or sheepskin, usually dyed in bright colors.
Origin of saffian
1585–95; < Russian safʾyán < Turkic (compare Turkish sahtiyan) < Persian sekhtiyān, akin to sekht hard, firm
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Saffian, saf′i-an, n. a name applied to skins tanned with sumac and dyed in bright colours.
- leather tanned with sumach and usually dyed a bright colour
C16: via Russian and Turkish from Persian sakhtiyān goatskin, from sakht hard
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