[ sneyk-skin ]

  1. the skin of a snake.

  2. leather made from the skin of a snake.

Origin of snakeskin

First recorded in 1815–25; snake + skin

Words Nearby snakeskin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use snakeskin in a sentence

  • A straight broadsword, with a handle of box-wood and a sheath covered with snakeskin, was suspended from his waist.

    The Talisman | Sir Walter Scott
  • There was a dagger in the snakeskin girdle she wore about her waist—a single thrust and she could have killed him.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
  • On one arm was another bead ornament, prettily devised; and on the other a wooden charm, tied by a string covered with snakeskin.

  • The snakeskin bird gets its name from its habit of using the cast-off skins of snakes for decorative purposes.

    The Dawn of Reason | James Weir
  • Though we wandered far from beaten tracks, the sole trace of reptiles encountered was an occasional discarded snakeskin.

    The Fortunate Isles | Mary Stuart Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for snakeskin


/ (ˈsneɪkˌskɪn) /

  1. the skin of a snake, esp when made into a leather valued for handbags, shoes, etc

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