moon knife

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noun Tanning.

a crescent-shaped knife used to scrape hides.

Nearby words

  1. moon child,
  2. moon dog,
  3. moon face,
  4. moon gate,
  5. moon jellyfish,
  6. moon letter,
  7. moon pillar,
  8. moon pool,
  9. moon rat,
  10. moon shell

Origin of moon knife

First recorded in 1880–85

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Examples from the Web for moon knife

  • The flesh side of the leather is then pared with the moon-knife, or in the shaving machine, to equalise the thickness.

    Leather|K. J. Adcock