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

  • n. Undressed pelts considered as a group.

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  • n. Pelts or skins, collectively; skins with the fur on them; furs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pelts or skins, collectively; skins with the fur on them; furs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pelts collectively, or a lot of pelts together: usually applied in furriery to raw pelts with the fur on, dried or otherwise cured, but not yet tanned or dressed into the furs as worn.
  • n. A pelt; a fur-skin.
  • n. A trifle; trash.


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

Middle English, from Old French peleterie, from peletier, furrier, from pel, skin, from Latin pellis; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.

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From Old French peleterie, the trade of a skinner or peltmonger.


  • Nor would the theory account for the absence of a taboo in the lower savagery, nor for the totemistic character of the lady, nor, least of all, for the peltry which is the most picturesque, if not the most important, incident in this group of tales.

    The Science of Fairy Tales An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology

  • Now it so happened that there was none of this kind of peltry at the fort of old Baranoff.

    Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains

  • Father Lalemant enumerates the kind of peltry obtained by the French from the Indians, and the amount, as follows.

    Voyages of Samuel De Champlain — Volume 01

  • The taboo, strictly speaking, only appears where the peltry is absent.


  • Soleure would fain have joined with him in conversation respecting trade and merchandize, yet the Englishman, who dealt in articles of small bulk and considerable value, and traversed sea and land to carry on his traffic, could find few mutual topics to discuss with the Swiss trader, whose commerce only extended into the neighboring districts of Burgundy and Germany, and whose goods consisted of coarse woollen cloths, fustian, hides, peltry and such ordinary articles.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • We've heard a lot of peltry from Barack Obama, as Hillary Clinton used to say.

    CNN Transcript Dec 4, 2008

  • The mud roof was covered with lynx, beaver, and other furs laid out to dry, beaver paws were pinned out on the logs, a part of the carcass of a deer hung at one end of the cabin, a skinned beaver lay in front of a heap of peltry just within the door, and antlers of deer, old horseshoes, and offal of many animals, lay about the den.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • Canoes laden with peltry were perhaps the only craft which disturbed the waters of the Detroit river.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • Indians; partly from what he received as a consideration for the difference between his full appointment and the half-pay, to which he is now restricted; and partly from the profits of a little traffick he drove in peltry, during his sachemship among the

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • He intended, personally, to inspect every peltry before allowing it to be sent north.

    The Berrybender Narratives


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  • "...wild barbarians, whose red painted faces flash from out their peltry wigwams..."

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 54

    July 25, 2008