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[mohl-skin] /ˈmoʊlˌskɪn/
the soft, deep-gray, fragile fur of the mole.
a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.
moleskins, a garment, especially trousers, of this fabric.
a soft, usually adhesive-backed fabric applied to the feet or other areas of the body to prevent irritation or abrasion.
Origin of moleskin
1660-70; mole1 + skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Leather is a better protection than moleskin against thorns; but not so serviceable against wet: it will far outlast moleskin.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • "We has a bolt o' moleskin and a bolt o' kersey cloth," said Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • A moleskin vest constitutes a graduation in woodcraft so to speak.

  • I've got the last suit of moleskin I ever worked in laid away.

  • Leggings of moleskin (or some other strong, pliable cloth) large enough to push the foot through protect the legs.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • Once or twice she has made a moleskin waistcoat for a gentleman.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • Swampy camped down the river, and Brummy supplied him with a cheap pair of moleskin trousers, tucker and tobacco.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • Mrs. moleskin (coming out and addressing her son from landing).

  • He was dressed in the usual costume-cotton shirt, moleskin trousers, faded hat and waistcoat, and blucher boots.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • "You'm cold," said Bob, after a moment's silence, reaching into a locker under his seat and bringing out a moleskin adicky.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for moleskin


the dark grey dense velvety pelt of a mole, used as a fur
a hard-wearing cotton fabric of twill weave used for work clothes, etc
(modifier) made from moleskin: a moleskin waistcoat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moleskin

1660s, from mole (2) + skin (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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