parfleche

[pahr-flesh, pahr-flesh]
noun
  1. a rawhide that has been dried after having been soaked in a solution of lye and water to remove the hair.
  2. an article or object, as a case, pouch, etc., made of such rawhide.

Origin of parfleche

1820–30; < Canadian French parflèche, equivalent to French par(er) to parry (see para-2) + flèche arrow
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parfleche

noun US and Canadian
  1. a sheet of rawhide that has been dried after soaking in lye and water to remove the hair
  2. an object, such as a case, made of this

Word Origin for parfleche

C19: from Canadian French, from French parer to ward off, protect + flèche arrow
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