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A fine leather originally made of goatskin but now more frequently of split horsehide.

[Spanish cordován, from Córdova, Córdoba, Spain.]
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(Tanning) a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned
[C16: from Spanish cordobán (n), from cordobán (adj) of Córdoba1]


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain
(Placename) of or relating to Córdoba, Spain
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(ˈkɔr də vən)

1. a native or resident of Córdoba, Spain.
2. (l.c.) a soft, smooth, nonporous leather orig. made at Córdoba of goatskin, now often made of split horsehide.
3. of or pertaining to Córdoba, Spain.
4. (l.c.) designating or made of cordovan.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cordovan - a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
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A. ADJcordobés
B. Ncordobés/esa m/f; (= leather) → cordobán m
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References in classic literature ?
When she removed the cordovan leather from the grand piano and ventured to play a few notes on it, it sounded with a mournful sadness, startling the dismal echoes of the house.
Only one easy arm-chair, very magnificent, was to be seen; the wood was painted with roses on a red ground, the seat was of ruby Cordovan leather, ornamented with long silken fringes, and studded with a thousand golden nails.
He's tall, thin, and strikingly--for a man who one could reasonably imagine sleeping in a well-tailored waistcoat and cordovan monk straps--underdressed, in a semi-blank canvas of white shorts, T-shirt, and red-and-blue patterned Gucci loafers.
OFF THE MARK It was a memorable day for rider Sean O'Keeffe (below), from Taghmon in Wexford, as the 18-yearold rode his first winner on the track from just his second ride, when winning the mares' bumper at Punchestown on Cordovan Brown for his boss Liz Doyle.
The leather is scratched, and shines a dull cordovan.
Mr Irvine is founder of Cordovan Capital a corporate finance advisory and private equity investment firm.
It is part of the former Cordovan Office Park, which is fully owned by Texas Trust, and has been renamed Texas Trust Business Park.
I went in and I had some Cordovan shoes, some jeans.