horse·​hide ˈhȯrs-ˌhīd How to pronounce horsehide (audio)
: the dressed or raw hide of a horse
: the ball used in the game of baseball

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So during this weird, forlorn season, there seemed to be no chance of me seeing the Phils pound the old horsehide. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2020 Judge stepped forward, unleashed his murderous swing and sent a horsehide comet soaring to left field. David Waldstein, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 Yet the integrity of the game continues to be threatened by a spheroid that costs about $9 and could be affected by even the simple act of a mosquito buzzing around the horsehide of a cow. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2019 Fashion is retrofitted: Chevette, a bike messenger, wears a vintage horsehide motorcycle jacket with bar codes affixed to its lapels. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 In the 1970s, the cover material changed from horsehide to cowhide, and the manufacturer of the official ball switched from Spalding to Rawlings. Emma Baccellieri,, 29 May 2018 From the 2018 Official Baseball Rules: The ball shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound around a small core of cork, rubber or similar material, covered with two strips of white horsehide or cowhide, tightly stitched together. Emma Baccellieri,, 29 May 2018 People do try to outdo each other with their horsehide motorcycle find or their reversible gabardine jacket find. Liza Corsillo, GQ, 13 Mar. 2018 There is no sense trying to get into a WAR of numerical horsehide attrition with Keith Law. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, 20 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of horsehide was in the 14th century

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“Horsehide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


horse·​hide ˈhȯrs-ˌhīd How to pronounce horsehide (audio)
: a horse's hide or leather made from it

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