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saffian

[ saf-ee-uhn ]

noun

  1. a leather made of goatskin or sheepskin, usually dyed in bright colors.


saffian

/ ˈsæfɪən /

noun

  1. leather tanned with sumach and usually dyed a bright colour


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Word History and Origins

Origin of saffian1

1585–95; < Russian safʾyán < Turkic (compare Turkish sahtiyan ) < Persian sekhtiyān, akin to sekht hard, firm

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Word History and Origins

Origin of saffian1

C16: via Russian and Turkish from Persian sakhtiyān goatskin, from sakht hard

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Example Sentences

Saffian, saf′i-an, n. a name applied to skins tanned with sumac and dyed in bright colours.

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