like leather in appearance or texture; tough and flexible.

1545–55; leather + -y1

leatheriness, noun
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leathery (ˈlɛðərɪ)
having the appearance or texture of leather, esp in toughness

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Example sentences
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.
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