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[seel-skin] /ˈsilˌskɪn/
the skin of a seal.
the skin or fur of the fur seal when prepared for making garments or leather items.
a garment or article made of this fur.
made of sealskin:
a sealskin purse.
Origin of sealskin
First recorded in 1275-1325, sealskin is from the Middle English word seleskin. See seal2, skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The forward part of these was over-decked to about a third of the length, and covered with sealskin.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • And George felt it was all up—for he knew it was his father's sealskin cap.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • Sure enough I saw him in a group near the yellow balloon, wearing a heavy overcoat and a sealskin cap.

  • They also picked up his spear with the sealskin buoy attached.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • He wore a very handsome overcoat with sealskin cuffs and collar, a sealskin cap, and well fitting gloves.

  • The tupiks (tents) are made of sealskin, and are used in summer.

  • It is well to wrap the frame on either side where the babiche is drawn around it, with buckskin or sealskin.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • The hood of his sealskin coat was over his head, so that his features were concealed.

    Ungava R.M. Ballantyne
  • He gathers the dogs around him in a wide circle, and tosses first to one, then to another, his strip of sealskin.

    Our Little Eskimo Cousin Mary Hazleton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for sealskin


  1. the skin or pelt of a fur seal, esp when dressed with the outer hair removed and the underfur dyed dark brown
  2. (as modifier): a sealskin coat
a garment made of this skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sealskin

early 14c., from seal (n.2) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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