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Naugahyde

[naw-guh-hahyd]
Trademark.
  1. a brand of strong vinyl-coated fabric made to look like leather and used for upholstery, luggage, etc.
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Word Origin and History for naugahyde

Naugahyde

trademark name patented (U.S.) Dec. 7, 1937, by United States Rubber Products Inc., for an artificial leather made from fabric base treated with rubber, etc. From Naugatuk, rubber-making town in Connecticut, + hyde, an arbitrary variant of hide (n.). The town name is Southern New England Algonquian *neguttuck "one tree," from *negut- "one" + *-tugk "tree."

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