the hide of a cow.
the leather made from it.
a strong, flexible whip made of rawhide or of braided leather.
cowhides, Informal. a pair of boots or shoes, especially those made of cowhide.
verb (used with object), cowhided, cowhiding.
to whip with a cowhide.

1630–40; cow1 + hide2 Unabridged
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cowhide (ˈkaʊˌhaɪd)
1.  the hide of a cow
2.  the leather made from such a hide

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Example sentences
The relaxed atmosphere includes brightly colored walls, cowhide tablecloths and sidewalk patio dining.
The dozen students sit on cement blocks, rocks or rusty chairs, playing their cowhide drums and wooden marimbas.
De old master was crippled and so here he come with a walkin stick in one hand and a cowhide in de other.
In the hallway a green canvas-and-cowhide overnight case sits on the floor, beside a console table.
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