- a firm, washable leather used especially for gloves, originally made from the skin of goats from the Cape of Good Hope, but now from hairy lambskin or sheepskin.
Origin of capeskin
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- a soft leather obtained from the skins of a type of lamb or sheep having hairlike wool
- made of this leather
C19: named after the Cape of Good Hope
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