American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of white leather.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Leather dressed with alum; white leather. See leather.
- n. The nuchal ligament of grazing animals, as the ox, supporting the head: same as paxwax. See cut under ligamentum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Leather dressed or tawed with alum, salt, etc., remarkable for its pliability and toughness; white leather.
- n. (Anat.) The paxwax. See Paxwax.
- n. a leather that has been treated with alum and/or salt
- whit + leather? (Wiktionary)
“Muscles rippled like whitleather along the brown backs of the Indians.”
“Year's dinner; he supposed he was getting a young and tender turkey, but we find it to be an ancient Shanghai rooster, with flesh as tough as whitleather.”
“One instance each of the following words was retained: barefooted/bare-footed whitleather/whit-leather”
“The rye dumplin's, some on 'um, was as big as corn-dodgers, and some on' um, which the seasonin 'hadn't toch, was tough as whitleather, and you mout a knocked a bull down with' um.”
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