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[raw-hahyd] /ˈrɔˌhaɪd/
untanned skin of cattle or other animals.
a rope or whip made of rawhide.
verb (used with object), rawhided, rawhiding.
to whip with a rawhide.
Origin of rawhide
1650-60; raw + hide2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • An up-curl was steamed on the prow of each, and rawhide lashings held all to the crossbars.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • “What you want is a rawhide,” said McCloud, eying young Byram.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • This night we slept on rawhide springs, a piece of matting for a mattress.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • As she spoke, she began uncoiling the rawhide riata which was tied to her saddle.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • "Then step out here," said the teacher, as he took up the rawhide.

    The Hero of Manila Rossiter Johnson
  • One of the Indians on horseback began to uncoil his rawhide saddle-rope.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Next I filled one of the rawhide panniers with brush, and lashed it across Jones' neck for a back rest.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • "Going west, this side of rawhide Butte," said Ralph, as calmly as he could.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • During the night the rawhide might continue to shrink a little in the dry air, but the darkness and chill would quiet the snake.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • So they covered the palms of their hands with rawhide and kept from getting hurt.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
British Dictionary definitions for rawhide


untanned hide
a whip or rope made of strips cut from such a hide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rawhide

"material cut from untanned skins of cattle," 1650s, from raw (adj.) + hide (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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