sheep skin

sheepskin

[sheep-skin]
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; Middle English shepskinn. See sheep, skin

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sheepskin (ˈʃiːpˌskɪn)
 
n
a.  the skin of a sheep, esp when used for clothing, etc, or with the fleece removed and used for parchment
 b.  (as modifier): a sheepskin coat

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sheepskin
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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