leath·​ery | \ ˈle-t͟hə-rē How to pronounce leathery (audio) , ˈlet͟h-rē \

Definition of leathery

: resembling, characteristic of, or suggestive of leather a leathery face a leathery aroma

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the old farmer's leathery, brown skin the leathery meat served in the cafeteria drove many of us to start bringing our own lunches
Recent Examples on the Web The species derives its name from females’ large, leathery forewings veins, which closely resemble the veins of leaves, affording them superb camouflage abilities. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 For most of the year, these lemurs make bitter, leathery smelling chemicals used to keep other males at bay. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Male lemurs may spread fruity ‘love potions’ with their tails," 16 Apr. 2020 Favourite Activity: Sophia just loves basking in the sunshine like a leathery Miami mama, and Sylvia finds the most joy riding on my shoulders like a crazy lil monkey. Owned by Holly Andres, @hollyandres Photographed by Winnie Au. refinery29.com, "Take A 5-Minute Break To Look At These Delightful Pet Portraits — You Deserve It," 9 Apr. 2020 Northern subspecies tend to be larger and lay more eggs, but overall a clutch could be anywhere between four to around 25 pinkish-white, leathery eggs. National Geographic, "Diamondback terrapin," 26 Mar. 2020 With his long leathery neck, dull-yellow face and beady eyes, there’s just something about Diego. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Diego, the tortoise whose high sex drive helped save his species, retires," 12 Jan. 2020 Strope’s face, leathery, lined and deeply tanned, was a familiar one, not only to police but to local drivers along busy Fort Lauderdale boulevards. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Woman found near street died from gunshot, not hit-and-run, police say," 28 Oct. 2019 The young trees looked like boy soldiers, thin and lanky, their heads of green, leathery leaves hovering just a foot or so above the water. Jessica Wapner, Quartz, "Vietnamese women are hit harder by climate change—but they’re starting to fight back," 1 Dec. 2019 Lino’s favorite, his teriyaki steak, is the antidote to the dry, leathery junk sold at most Hawaiian barbecue restaurants around town. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in January for tacos, Hawaiian BBQ and French fare," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of leathery

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leathery was circa 1552

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13 May 2020

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“Leathery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leathery. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leathery

: looking or feeling like leather


leath·​ery | \ ˈle-t͟hə-rē How to pronounce leathery (audio) \

Kids Definition of leathery

: like leather leathery skin

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