cordwain

noun
cord·​wain | \ ˈkȯrd-ˌwān How to pronounce cordwain (audio) \

Definition of cordwain

archaic
: cordovan leather

First Known Use of cordwain

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordwain

Middle English cordewan, cordewayn, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from medieval Spanish cordobán cordovan entry 2

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