from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Leather prepared by boiling and pressing, so that it becomes extremely hard and capable of preserving permanently the shape and surface-decoration given it, and can afford considerable resistance to sword-cuts and other violence.
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Leather mouldedinto a particular shapeand then hardened, for making armor.
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"His men wore lacquered _cuir-bouilli_ with white plumes, and you never saw such destriers!"
When it had dried to a fitting hardness it was covered with cuir-bouilli, or boiled leather, which made it watertight.