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

  • A trademark used for an artificial leather made of vinyl-coated fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artificial leather made with a knit fabric backing and PVC coating.


Marketing coinage of the 1930s, from Naugatuck, Connecticut, where it was first produced, and hide; it was humorously marketed as being the skin of an animal called a "Nauga". (Wiktionary)



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