[ pahr-flesh, pahr-flesh ]

  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

Words Nearby parfleche Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use parfleche in a sentence

  • Then everybody began to sing hard, and four young men pounded with sticks on a parfleche, in time to the music.

    When Buffalo Ran | George Bird Grinnell
  • Each night you must take it down, roll it up, and put it in a parfleche, so that it will not be torn or soiled.

  • Meriwether Lewis pointed to a skin parfleche and a knotted bandanna handkerchief which George Shannon carried for him.

  • From a long parfleche sack the Raven chief took a slender stick, beautifully ornamented with many-colored feathers.

    Blackfeet Indian Stories | George Bird Grinnell
  • They built three great tepees, in one of which were stored rows upon rows of parfleche bags of dried meat.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux | Marie L. McLaughlin

British Dictionary definitions for parfleche


/ (ˈpɑːflɛʃ) /

nounUS 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

Origin of parfleche

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

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