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- n. leather made from the hide of a cow or similar animal
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- n. leather from the skin of a cow.
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- n. leather made from the hide of a cow
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The cowskin is a kind of whip seldom seen in the northern states.
For the information of my readers, I must observe that a cowskin is a large whip, made like a riding whip, out of the hide of the hippopotamus, or sea-cow, and is proverbial for the severity of punishment it is capable of inflicting.
The phrase itself expresses this antipathy; and when applied by a negro to a white man is regarded by the latter as a dire insult, and usually procures for the imprudent black a scoring with the "cowskin," or a slight "rubbing down" with the "oil of hickory."
There was the regular "negro-trader," a tall lathy fellow, with harsh horse-dealer features, careless dress, loose coat, slouching broad-brimmed hat, coarse boots, and painted quirt of raw hide, -- the "cowskin," -- fit emblem of his calling.
"In answering the proposed inquiries, I will say first, that although there are various other modes resorted to, whipping with the cowskin is the usual mode of inflicting punishment on the poor slave.
A worn cowskin jacket was draped over his skinny shoulders.
AN HOUR later, Kim was sitting on the cowskin couch.
Also on display are items used in colonial times for sugar cane processing and flavoring, including presses, a cowskin receptacle and the weighty wooden molds required to make individual portions.
If a stray black in Georgia could not show a pass or “free papers” the patrol might “correct” him on the spot, “by whipping with a switch, whip, or cowskin, not exceeding twenty lashes.”
“In the great cowskin trunk, Gumbo,” George says, gravely.