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Definition of "cowhide" [cow•hide]

  • The hide of a cow. (noun)
  • The leather made from this hide. (noun)
  • A strong heavy flexible whip, usually made of braided leather. (noun)
  • To beat with a strong heavy flexible whip. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cowhide" in a sentence
  • "All are made from luxurious top grain cowhide leather."
  • "This was invariably his custom, when the subject was recalled to his mind -- 'Yes!' he exclaimed, 'the cowhide was my breakfast, and dinner, and supper,' meaning that he had been exposed to the lash"
  • "His appearance would indicate the sailor and the horse-jockey; he wore a tarpauling and blue jacket, high-top boots with spurs, and leather trousers; he flourished a riding stick, commonly known as a cowhide, and had large gold rings dangling in his ears."