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).]
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(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a light, pliable leather of lambskin or sheepskin and used esp. for gloves.
[1910–15; Cape of Good Hope]
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