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[deer-skin] /ˈdɪərˌskɪn/
the skin of a deer.
leather made from this.
a garment made of such leather.
made of deerskin:
a deerskin jacket.
Origin of deerskin
1350-1400; Middle English dereskin, variant of deres skin. See deer, skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His deerskin garments were decorated with colored porcupine quills, and beads, as well as small shells.

  • But the coyote took him by the neck of his deerskin shirt and dragged him a little.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Already Dicks hands were seeking for the deerskin thongs that bound the wrists of his comrade to the tree.

  • In the refuse on the floor I found a piece of deerskin about ten inches square.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Presently he gave a cry of joy and drew out from beneath them an old worn pouch of deerskin.

  • Pete made a rough coat and even a skirt for her of deerskin.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • The animal is harnessed with a broad collar of deerskin, and a stout thong extends between his legs to the front of the sledge.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • At one side and alone stood a deerskin tent of peculiar form.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • Much of her body was bare, her greatest garment was a deerskin robe held in her hand as she ran.

    The Flute of the Gods Marah Ellis Ryan
  • One had pink rosettes at his ears and a deerskin side-saddle.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for deerskin


  1. the hide of a deer
  2. (as modifier): a deerskin jacket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deerskin

late 14c., from deer + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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