One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of soft leather made originally from goatskin and now from horse hide.
- ‘Horsehide is made into fine cordovan leather, and glue is often made by boiling horse bones and cartilage.’
- ‘The official's brogue cordovans and the chief's beads are remarkably detailed.’
- ‘Renowned holster maker Mitch Rosen offers two pocket holsters for the Guardian: genuine shell cordovan in tan with full spine stingray trim, and a high quality cowhide holster with the rough side out.’
- ‘Besides, I haven't seen a pair of cordovan ducks in a shoe store for nearly forty years now, and anyway what the hell would I want to look like a 50s teenager in my 50s for?’
- ‘The investigator took careful note of my office décor, plants and curtains evidently witnessing more in my favor than cordovan leather and sports memorabilia would have.’
Late 16th century: from Spanish cordován, former spelling of cordobán ‘of Cordoba’, where it was originally made.
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