from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An untanned animal hide soaked in lye and water to remove the hair and then dried on a stretcher.
- n. An article, such as a shield, made of this hide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of stiff leather made from rawhide
- n. A shield, bag or other item made from this material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of rawhide consisting of hide, esp. of the buffalo, which has been soaked in crude wood-ash lye to remove the hairs, and then dried.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hide of an animal (preferably of a bull-buffalo) from which the hair has been removed by soaking in water mixed with wood-ashes, and which is then stretched on a frame so as to take the desired shape, and allowed to dry.
Canadian French parflèche : French parer, to parry, defend; see parry + French flèche, arrow; see flèche.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French parer + flèche (Wiktionary)