Cordovan

Cordovan

[kawr-duh-vuhn]
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(lowercase) a soft, smooth leather originally made at Córdoba of goatskin but later made also of split horsehide, pigskin, etc.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:
1585–95; Cordov(a) + -an

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cordovan (ˈkɔːdəvən)
 
n
a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned
 
[C16: from Spanish cordobán (n), from cordobán (adj) of Córdoba1]

Cordovan (ˈkɔːdəvən)
 
n
1.  a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain
 
adj
2.  of or relating to Córdoba, Spain

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cordovan
1590s, "fine Spanish leather," from Sp. 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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