Soft leather made from sheepskin, used especially for gloves.
[After the Cape ofGood Hope (from the fact that it is traditionally made from the skins of South African sheep).]
(Tanning) a soft leather obtained from the skins of a type of lamb or sheep having hairlike wool
(Tanning) made of this leather
[C19: named after the Cape of Good Hope]
a light, pliable leather of lambskin or sheepskin and used esp. for gloves.
[1910–15; Cape of Good Hope]