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1. An untanned animal hide soaked in lye and water to remove the hair and then dried on a stretcher.
2. An article, such as a shield or bag, made of this hide.
[Canadian French parflèche : French parer, to parry, defend; see parry + French flèche, arrow; see flèche.]
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1. (Tanning) a sheet of rawhide that has been dried after soaking in lye and water to remove the hair
2. (Tanning) an object, such as a case, made of this
[C19: from Canadian French, from French parer to ward off, protect + flèche arrow]
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par•fleche(ˈpɑr flɛʃ, pɑrˈflɛʃ)
1. a rawhide that has been dried after having been soaked in a lye solution to remove the hair.
2. an article made of such rawhide.
[1820–30; < Canadian French parflèche= French pare (it) parries (see para-2) + flèche arrow (see flèche)]
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