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leathery

[leth-uh-ree]
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adjective
  1. like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.
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Origin of leathery

First recorded in 1545–55; leather + -y1
Related formsleath·er·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for leathery

leathery

adjective
  1. having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
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Derived Formsleatheriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leathery

adj.

1550s, from leather + -y (2). Related: Leatheriness.

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