Russia leather



a fine, smooth leather produced by careful tanning and dyeing, especially in dark red: originally prepared in Russia.

Origin of Russia leather

First recorded in 1650–60
Also called rus·sia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for russia leather

Historical Examples of russia leather

  • To his dismay he drew out a Russia-leather pocket-book, of which he knew nothing.

    The Telegraph Boy

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • She gave it; he noted it, closed his little Russia-leather book with a snap, and pocketed it.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • The question now lay between the Russia-leather purse and himself.

  • No trace of that Russia-leather purse was to be found about Cecile.

  • For the Russia-leather purse represented her honor to the little girl.

British Dictionary definitions for russia leather

Russia leather


a smooth dyed leather made from calfskin and scented with birch tar oil, originally produced in Russia
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