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doe +‎ skin.


doeskin (countable and uncountable, plural doeskins)

  1. (uncountable) Leather from the skin of a female deer or sheep.
    • 1856, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha[1]:
      He was dressed in shirt of doeskin, / White and soft, and fringed with ermine, / All inwrought with beads of wampum...
    • 1916, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Lost Continent[2]:
      A long knife was in the doeskin belt that supported the doeskin skirt tightly about her lithe limbs.
  2. (countable) The hide of a doe, as opposed to a buck.
    Frequently, doeskins had a higher value in trade than the skins of bucks, as they were considered of finer quality.
  3. (countable) A glove made of doeskin leather; usually constructed in plural.
    Elizabeth accidentally left her doeskins on the pew at Sunday service.
  4. (uncountable) A very soft, close-napped fabric, especially of high quality.
    • 1905, William Cowper Brann, The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10 [3]:
      In the morning Mr. Logan wore a doeskin box coat with pearl buttons nearly as large as alarm clocks in two rows on it.