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cordovan Line breaks: cor|do¦van
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːdəv(ə)n/

Definition of cordovan in English:


[mass noun]
A kind of soft leather made originally from goatskin and now from horse hide.
Example sentences
  • Horsehide is made into fine cordovan leather, and glue is often made by boiling horse bones and cartilage.
  • The investigator took careful note of my office décor, plants and curtains evidently witnessing more in my favor than cordovan leather and sports memorabilia would have.
  • Renowned holster maker Mitch Rosen offers two pocket holsters for the Guardian: genuine shell cordovan in tan with full spine stingray trim, and a high quality cowhide holster with the rough side out.


Late 16th century: from Spanish cordován, former spelling of cordobán 'of Cordoba', where it was originally made.

Words that rhyme with cordovan

Donovan • Quechuan

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