from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The skin of a sheep either tanned with the fleece left on or in the form of leather or parchment.
- noun Informal A diploma.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The skin of a sheep; especially, such a skin dressed or preserved with the wool on, and used as a garment in many parts of Europe, as by peasants, shepherds, etc.
- noun Leather made from the skin of a sheep. See
- noun A diploma, deed, or the like engrossed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it.
- noun College Cant A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable The
skinof a sheep, especially when used to make parchmentor in bookbinding
- noun US, countable A
- noun countable The
tannedskin of a sheep with the fleeceleft on, especially when used for clothing, rugsetc
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
- noun tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
- noun skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on
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