/ (ˌkwɪəbuːˈjiː) /

  1. a type of leather hardened by soaking in wax, used for armour before the 14th century

Origin of cuir-bouilli

French, literally: boiled leather

Words Nearby cuir-bouilli

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How to use cuir-bouilli in a sentence

  • cuir-bouilli, leather softened by boiling, during which process it took any form or impression required, and afterwards hardened.

    Some Heroes of Travel | W. H. Davenport Adams
  • At the side is a cuir bouilli crupper as worn by the English heavy cavalry in the sixteenth century.

  • In order to protect the knee, a knee-cap, or genouillire of cuir bouilli, was fastened over it.

  • The style was none other than a piecing together of the best features of chain mail, plate, and cuir-bouilli.

    Chats on Military Curios | Stanley C. Johnson
  • When it had dried to a fitting hardness it was covered with cuir-bouilli, or boiled leather, which made it watertight.

    On the Spanish Main | John Masefield