[saf-ee-uh n]


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

Origin of saffian

1585–95; < Russian safʾyán < Turkic (compare Turkish sahtiyan) < Persian sekhtiyān, akin to sekht hard, firm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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leather tanned with sumach and usually dyed a bright colour

Word Origin for saffian

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