1. a firm, washable leather used especially for gloves, originally made from the skin of goats from the Cape of Good Hope, but now from hairy lambskin or sheepskin.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

First recorded in 1910–15; cape2 + skin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for capeskin


  1. a soft leather obtained from the skins of a type of lamb or sheep having hairlike wool
  1. made of this leather

Word Origin for capeskin

C19: named after the Cape of Good Hope
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