saffian

noun
saf·​fi·​an | \ ˈsafēən \
plural -s

Definition of saffian

: a leather made of goatskins or sheepskins tanned with sumac and dyed with bright colors

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History and Etymology for saffian

Russian saf'yan, from Turkish sahtiyan, from Persian sakhtiyān goatskin, from sakht hard, strong

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“Saffian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saffian. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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