the skin of a sheep, especially such a skin dressed with the wool on, as for a garment.
leather, parchment, or the like, made from the skin of sheep.
Informal. a diploma.
made from the skin of a sheep.
(of a garment) lined with the skin of a sheep dressed with the wool on.

1150–1200; Middle English shepskinn. See sheep, skin Unabridged
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sheepskin (ˈʃiːpˌskɪn)
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
His under garment was sackcloth, over which he wore a white coat of sheepskin,
  with a girdle.
Employers are quick to use the sheepskin as an easy gating mechanism for
  entrance to or advancement of employment.
They dressed up in wide white pants, sheepskin vests, and carved wood masks
  with sheep's horns.
The players on horseback compete for points by throwing a stuffed sheepskin
  into a well.
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