Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soft fine leather of goatskin tanned with sumac, used for book bindings and shoes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft leather, made from goatskin, used especially in bookbinding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fine kind of leather, prepared commonly from goatskin (though an inferior kind is made of sheepskin), and tanned with sumac and dyed of various colors; -- said to have been first made by the Moors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Leather made from goatskins, tanned with sumac, originally in the Barbary States, but afterward very largely in the Levant, and now produced in Europe from skins imported from Asia and Africa.
  • n. Leather made in imitation of this, often of sheepskins, and used for the same purposes, but much more largely in shoemaking.
  • n. A very strong kind of ale anciently made in Cumberland, said to have a certain amount of beef among its ingredients, the recipe being kept a secret.
  • Made or consisting of morocco; also, of the common red color of morocco leather.
  • To convert into morocco.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956
  • n. a soft pebble-grained leather made from goatskin; used for shoes and book bindings etc.

Etymologies

After Morocco .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From country of Morocco, from which this leather was originally imported. Compare maroquin. (Wiktionary)

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    February 20, 2007

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    February 20, 2007

  • A type of book binding in the rare/antique book trade--originally leather made from goat or kid skin (imitation morocco leather is usually sheepskin tanned using the same process). Fine grain.

    February 20, 2007