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snakeskin

[sneyk-skin] /ˈsneɪkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a snake.
2.
leather made from the skin of a snake.
Origin of snakeskin
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; snake + skin
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  • They were all of them arrayed in their snakeskin dresses and other wizard finery.

    The Wizard H. Rider Haggard
  • There was alligator, lizard skin, pigskin, snakeskin and sealskin; even grained leather was copied.

    The Story of Leather

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • A snakeskin dangled from St. Christopher's arm and another swung from the saint's sandal.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • He found the man sitting at the door of his hut, making magic with a horsehair and a snakeskin, and some ground-up glass.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • There was a dagger in the snakeskin girdle she wore about her waist—a single thrust and she could have killed him.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • On one arm was another bead ornament, prettily devised; and on the other a wooden charm, tied by a string covered with snakeskin.

  • A straight broadsword, with a handle of box-wood and a sheath covered with snakeskin, was suspended from his waist.

    The Talisman Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for snakeskin

snakeskin

/ˈsneɪkˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a snake, esp when made into a leather valued for handbags, shoes, etc
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