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  1. the skin of a swan, with the feathers on.
  2. a closely woven twill-weave flannel for work clothes.
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Origin of swanskin

First recorded in 1600–10; swan1 + skin
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Examples from the Web for swanskin

Historical Examples

  • I have got a swanskin waistcoat,—a most attractive external.

    Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • But you must hide the swanskin that belongs to the youngest maiden.

  • Then he came from where he was hiding and gave her the swanskin.

  • Now that she had the swanskin she was able to transform herself.

  • The one who carried the green scarf left her swanskin under a bush.

British Dictionary definitions for swanskin


  1. the skin of a swan with the feathers attached
  2. a fine twill-weave flannel fabric
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