par·​fleche | \ ˈpär-ˌflesh How to pronounce parfleche (audio) \

Definition of parfleche

1 : a raw hide soaked in lye to remove the hair and dried
2 : an article (such as a bag or case) made of parfleche

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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,, "Food trucks, new restaurants, and festivals: what's happening in Birmingham this month," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of parfleche

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parfleche

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

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