[ saf-ee-uhn ]
/ ˈsæf i ən /
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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Example sentences from the Web for saffian
Saffian, saf′i-an, n. a name applied to skins tanned with sumac and dyed in bright colours.
British Dictionary definitions for saffian
/ (ˈsæfɪən) /
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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