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 All-leather boots are typically made of split cowhide; the outside of the hide is called top-grain leather. Popular Science, "The best, proven way to make your leather boots last," 10 Mar. 2020 A year into her craft, Ms. Coffee now sells enough printable herringbone floors and cowhide rugs on her website to turn a profit, although still not enough to give up her day job as a graphic designer. New York Times, "The Dollhouses of Instagram," 13 Mar. 2020 All-leather boots are typically made of split cowhide and the outside of the hide is called top-grain leather. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Care for Leather Boots," 3 Mar. 2020 The cowhides were sourced at a West Virginia farm where Frechette lived while working at the Greenbrier Hotel. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Every Detail in This Jackson, Wyoming Cottage Has a Fascinating Story," 18 Nov. 2019 With piles of 100-pound cowhides accumulating all over the country, unused and unsold, leather makers are warning of a looming commercial disaster. Lydia Mulvany, Fortune, "There’s a Cowhide Glut, As Americans Devour Beef and Leather Falls Out of Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 Pieces from the line are dotted all over the house, including the iron-and-cowhide chairs of the picnic furniture. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, "See Inside an Idyllic Retreat in Northern Mexico," 18 Dec. 2019 Cowboy boots now come in all prints, colors, and textures outside of cowhide leather. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Types of Boots Always Worth Investing In," 21 Oct. 2019 Sit Pretty Vintage Cleo Baldon counter chairs were reupholstered in black cowhide. House Beautiful, "How Studio Dearborn Reimagined a Dark, Cramped Kitchen," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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“Cowhide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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