from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The skin of a male deer.
  • noun A soft, often grayish-yellow leather usually having a suede finish, once made from deerskins but now generally made from sheepskins.
  • noun Clothing, especially breeches or shoes, made from buckskin.
  • noun A person who wears buckskins, especially an American backwoodsman or soldier in the Revolutionary War.
  • noun A horse of a grayish-yellow color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skin of a buck.
  • noun A kind of soft leather of a yellowish or grayish color, made originally by treating deerskins in a peculiar way, but now usually prepared from sheepskins.
  • noun plural Breeches made of buckskin.
  • noun A person clothed in buckskin: a term applied to the American troops during the Revolutionary War.
  • noun A horse of the color of buckskin.
  • Of or pertaining to buckskin.
  • Of the color of buckskin: used of a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The skin of a buck.
  • noun A soft strong leather, usually yellowish or grayish in color, made of deerskin.
  • noun A person clothed in buckskin, particularly an American soldier of the Revolutionary war.
  • noun Breeches made of buckskin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The skin of a male deer, a buck.
  • noun Clothing made from buckskin.
  • noun A grayish yellow in colour.
  • noun A soft strong leather, usually yellowish or grayish in color, made of deerskin.
  • noun A person clothed in buckskin, particularly an American soldier of the Revolutionary war.
  • noun breeches made of buckskin.
  • adjective Of a grayish yellow in colour.

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

  • noun a soft yellowish suede leather originally from deerskin but now usually from sheepskin
  • noun horse of a light yellowish dun color with dark mane and tail


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