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

  • adj. Having the texture or appearance of leather: a leathery face.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the consistency, feel, or texture of leather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling leather in appearance or consistency; tough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling leather; tough and flexible like leather; specifically, in botany, coriaceous.

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

  • adj. resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable


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