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leathery

[leth -uh-ree] /ˈlɛð ə ri/
adjective
1.
like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; leather + -y1
Related forms
leatheriness, noun
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Examples from the web for leathery
  • They have a tough, leathery body that can withstand strong tides and waves.
  • Its long, leathery neck can stretch to the length of a baseball bat or recoil to a wrinkled nub.
  • Geladas are visually striking, with burning eyes and leathery complexions.
  • As for the egg itself, close examination showed that it had a leathery shell.
  • Many start life with feathery leaves and later develop leathery ones.
  • The leathery texture of the leaf complements table linens.
  • Even the over-large mesclun had managed not to get bitter or leathery, as overgrown lettuce is prone to do.
  • Plants such as lotus, ironwood and acacias rely on small leathery leaves to keep water loss to a minimum.
  • Buried beneath the leathery skin of an elephant's foot lies one of anatomy's unappreciated mysteries.
  • He was leathery and bent over, but his arms were roped with muscle.
British Dictionary definitions for leathery

leathery

/ˈlɛðərɪ/
adjective
1.
having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness
Derived Forms
leatheriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leathery
adj.

1550s, from leather + -y (2). Related: Leatheriness.

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