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[pahr-flesh, pahr-flesh] /ˈpɑr flɛʃ, pɑrˈflɛʃ/
a rawhide that has been dried after having been soaked in a solution of lye and water to remove the hair.
an article or object, as a case, pouch, etc., made of such rawhide.
Origin of parfleche
1820-30; < Canadian French parflèche, equivalent to French par(er) to parry (see para-2) + flèche arrow Unabridged
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Examples from the web for parfleche
  • She can also teach hide-tanning, parfleche, and rawhide painting with natural pigmentation.
  • These vessels use beadwork to illustrate the graphic elements in native parfleche hide painting.
British Dictionary definitions for parfleche


noun (US & Canadian)
a sheet of rawhide that has been dried after soaking in lye and water to remove the hair
an object, such as a case, made of this
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French, from French parer to ward off, protect + flèche arrow
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