1. The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively.

2. The skin.

Leather is much used adjectively in the sense of made of, relating to, or like, leather. Leather board, an imitation of sole leather, made of leather scraps, rags, paper, etc. Leather carp (a) A California carangoid fish (Oligoplites saurus). A trigger fish (Balistes Carolinensis).

<botany> Leather flower See Leatherback. Vegetable leather. An imitation of leather made of cotton waste. Linen cloth coated with India rubber.

Origin: OE. Lether, AS. Leer; akin to D. Leder, leer, G. Leder, OHG. Ledar, Icel. Ler, Sw. Lader, Dan. Laeder.

(01 Mar 1998)

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