cow·​hide | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio) \

Definition of cowhide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the hide of a cow also : leather made from this hide
2 : a coarse whip of rawhide or braided leather


cowhided; cowhiding

Definition of cowhide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to flog with a cowhide whip

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Examples of cowhide in a Sentence

Noun a cloth made of cowhide Verb was cowhiding the horse until a police officer intervened
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is also collagen powder derived from fish or cowhide, which can increase skin, joint, bone, and gut health. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best protein powder: Better nutrition in a bottle," 11 Jan. 2021 Louis Vuitton had a vast collection of monograms—LVs on a classic, brown cowhide canvas, rainbow logos on white leather, and even a cheeky denim incarnation. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why We Should Reconsider Louis Vuitton’s Underrated Epi Bag," 14 Dec. 2020 In particular, the leather boots (with their kitten heels, pointed toes, and croc-embossed cowhide) give a modern edge to the show's memorably classic aesthetic. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordan Alexander's Uniform in the Gossip Girl Reboot Exudes New York City Cool Girl," 12 Nov. 2020 The cowhide conspiracy was not designed to benefit the A’s (71 homers in the regular season, below the MLB average) or Astros (69). Scott Ostler,, "Bashin’ A’s give themselves a chance to change course of team’s recent history," 7 Oct. 2020 This pair of pillows holds a 4.6-star rating and is covered in a cowhide pattern. Josh Grant, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts you can buy from Home Depot," 30 Oct. 2020 The prices start at $200 for a cowhide rug and a full-size mirror, about $1,000 for a bed frame and a little over $3,000 for a full living room set made up of a sofa and chairs. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Community advocate and entrepreneur opens new high-end furniture store in Royal Oak," 17 Oct. 2020 Better still, the Ecocuir features cowhide that’s cured without nasty chromium and the toxic wastewater that the standard process creates. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Gear We Relied On for Our 2020 Ski Test," 15 Oct. 2020 The sounds of the game are amplified by the roar of the crowd, from the crack of the wooden bat to the smack of the cowhide-and-cork ball hitting a leather glove. Alan Smolinisky, WSJ, "Ballgames Aren’t the Same Without Crowds," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cowhide


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1794, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Cowhide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowhide

: the skin of a cow or leather made from it


cow·​hide | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhīd How to pronounce cowhide (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowhide

1 : the hide of cattle or leather made from it
2 : a whip of rawhide or braided leather

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