Words related to skin

lambskin (n.)
"wooly skin of a lamb, used in dress or ornament," mid-14c., from lamb + skin (n.).
moleskin (n.)

1660s, "the skin of a mole, used as fur," from mole (n.2) + skin (n.). From 1803 as the name of a kind of extra strong fustian.

oil-skin (n.)

also oilskin, "cloth of cotton, linen, etc., prepared with oil to make it water-proof," 1816, from oil (n.) + skin (n.).

pigskin (n.)

"saddle leather or binding made from the skin of a pig," 1855, from pig (n.1) + skin (n.). Hence, in slang, "a saddle." As slang for "a football" by 1894.

redskin (n.)

"North American Indian," 1690s, from red (adj.1) + skin (n.). "(Not the preferred term.)" [OED]. Red as the skin color of Native Americans is from 1580s; red man "North American Indian" is from 1580s.

sealskin (n.)
early 14c., from seal (n.2) + skin (n.).
sheepskin (n.)
c. 1200, "the skin of a sheep," from sheep + skin (n.). Meaning "diploma" dates from 1804; so called because formerly made of sheepskin parchment.
skinhead (n.)
1969, in U.K. youth gang sense, from skin (n.) + head (n.). Earlier, in U.S., it meant "man with a crew cut" (1953), especially a military recruit.
skinless (adj.)
mid-14c., from skin (n.) + -less. Related: Skinlessly; skinlessness.
skinner (n.)
late 14c., "a dealer in skins," from skin (n.); as "one who skins," 1690s, agent noun from skin (v.). The surname is attested from mid-13c. Also in U.S. use "one who strips, robs, or plunders;" the name given to a band of marauders who committed depredations on Loyalists in New York during the Revolution. Compare Old Norse skinnari "a dealer in skins; a skinner, tanner."

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