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  1. the skin of a lamb, especially when dressed with its wool, and used for clothing.
  2. leather made from such skin.
  3. parchment made from such skin.
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Origin of lambskin

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at lamb, skin
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Examples from the Web for lambskin

Historical Examples

  • The black feathers on its head are the black cap of lambskin which he used to wear.

    Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories


  • On her head she had a black hood of lambskin, lined with ermine.

  • Janet, finding the lambskin left on her hands, examined it curiously, running her fingers over the soft black wool.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • Finding her seated upon the lambskin, he took his place opposite her and passed the hot bread.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • It will not, certainly, be very easy to find such a disease as the lambskin disease in any of our modern nosologies.

British Dictionary definitions for lambskin


  1. the skin of a lamb, esp with the wool still on
    1. a material or garment prepared from this skin
    2. (as modifier)a lambskin coat
  2. a cotton or woollen fabric resembling this skin
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Word Origin and History for lambskin


mid-14c., from lamb + skin (n.).

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