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Cordovan

[kawr-duh-vuh n] /ˈkɔr də vən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain.
2.
(lowercase) a soft, smooth leather originally made at Córdoba of goatskin but later made also of split horsehide, pigskin, etc.
adjective
3.
of Córdoba, Spain.
4.
(lowercase) designating or made of cordovan.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; Cordov(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Cordovan

cordovan

/ˈkɔːdəvən/
noun
1.
a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish cordobán (n), from cordobán (adj) of Córdoba1

Cordovan

/ˈkɔːdəvən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain
adjective
2.
of or relating to Córdoba, Spain
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Word Origin and History for Cordovan

cordovan

n.

1590s, "fine Spanish leather," from adjective Cordovan, from Spanish cordovan (modern cordoban), from cordovano (adj.) "of Cordova," the Spanish city, former capital of Moorish Spain; a later adoption of the same word that became cordwain (see cordwainer). The city name is from Phoenician qorteb "oil press."

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