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[saf-ee-uh n]
  1. a leather made of goatskin or sheepskin, usually dyed in bright colors.
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Origin of saffian

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

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

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for saffian


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

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