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moleskin

[mohl-skin] /ˈmoʊlˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the soft, deep-gray, fragile fur of the mole.
2.
a strong and heavy napped, twilled cotton fabric used for sportswear and work clothing.
3.
moleskins, a garment, especially trousers, of this fabric.
4.
a soft, usually adhesive-backed fabric applied to the feet or other areas of the body to prevent irritation or abrasion.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; mole1 + skin
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Examples from the web for moleskin
  • If shoes need breaking in, place moleskin pads next to areas on the skin where friction is likely to occur.
  • In addition, look for moleskin footpads or other types of padding to help prevent blisters.
  • Blisters are another common injury so pack some moleskin.
British Dictionary definitions for moleskin

moleskin

/ˈməʊlˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the dark grey dense velvety pelt of a mole, used as a fur
2.
a hard-wearing cotton fabric of twill weave used for work clothes, etc
3.
(modifier) made from moleskin: a moleskin waistcoat
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Word Origin and History for moleskin
n.

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

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