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

  • n. The skin of a pig.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of a pig.
  • n. Sports A football.
  • n. Informal A saddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Leather made from the skin of a pig.
  • n. A football (see Etymology).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The skin of a pig, -- used chiefly for making saddles; hence, a colloquial or slang term for a saddle.
  • n. A football; -- so called because the covering is often made of pigskin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The skin of a pig, especially when prepared for saddlery, binding, or other purposes.
  • n. A saddle.
  • n. A foot-ball.

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

  • n. leather from the skin of swine


The American (US) football is a direct descendant of the ball used in the game of rugby. The rugby ball originally was made of a pig's bladder with a leather cover; the earliest versions of the leather exterior sometimes were made of pigskin. (Wiktionary)



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