- cordovan leather.
Origin of cordwain
1350–1400; Middle English cordewan < Middle French < Spanish cordován Cordovan
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Cord′wainer, a worker in cordovan or cordwain: a shoemaker; Cord′wainery.
Over the stockings he wore boots of cordwain fastened on the inside, as a protection against damp.
- an archaic name for cordovan
Word Origin for cordwain
C12 cordewan, from Old French cordoan, from Old Spanish cordovan Cordovan
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