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sheepskin

[sheep-skin] /ˈʃipˌskɪn/
noun
1.
the skin of a sheep, especially such a skin dressed with the wool on, as for a garment.
2.
leather, parchment, or the like, made from the skin of sheep.
3.
Informal. a diploma.
adjective
4.
made from the skin of a sheep.
5.
(of a garment) lined with the skin of a sheep dressed with the wool on.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English shepskinn. See sheep, skin
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British Dictionary definitions for sheep skin

sheepskin

/ˈʃiːpˌskɪn/
noun
1.
  1. the skin of a sheep, esp when used for clothing, etc, or with the fleece removed and used for parchment
  2. (as modifier): a sheepskin coat
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Word Origin and History for sheep skin

sheepskin

n.

c.1200, "the skin of a sheep," from sheep + skin (n.). Meaning "diploma" dates from 1804; so called because formerly made of sheepskin parchment.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sheep skin

sheeny

adjective

: one of those Sheeny employment bureaus

noun
  1. A Jew
  2. A pawnbroker, tailor, junkman, or member of another traditionally Jewish occupation

[1816+; origin unknown; perhaps fr non-Jewish hearing of Yiddish miesse meshina, a curse; perhaps fr Yiddish shayn or sheen, ''beautiful,'' because this is the way a merchant would praise his wares]


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