Definition of cuir–bouilli
: leather softened by soaking, pressed, molded, or stamped to shape, and hardened by drying and used for armor in the middle ages and for decorative objects (as book covers)
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Origin and Etymology of cuir–bouilli
French cuir bouilli, literally, boiled leather
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