par·​fleche ˈpär-ˌflesh How to pronounce parfleche (audio)
: a raw hide soaked in lye to remove the hair and dried
: an article (such as a bag or case) made of parfleche

Examples of parfleche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parfleche’s construction, patterns, and colors were passed down through generations, creating distinct visual identities for the tribes, and were quite common to see before colonization, but now exist mostly in museum collections. Diana Budds, Curbed, 12 Aug. 2022 The object is inspired by a traditional Kiowa parfleche, a type of container made from rawhide (deerskin that has not been tanned and is stiff). Birmingham Magazine,, 12 June 2017

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Word History


Canadian French parflèche, from French parer to ward off + flèche arrow

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parfleche was in 1823

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“Parfleche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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