Definition of goatskin in English:



  • 1The skin of a goat.

    • ‘In The Shadow Of The Sun, he recounts innumerable random acts of kindness from a truck driver who shares his last goatskin of water with him when they break down in the Sahara to the doctors who save his life.’
    • ‘He describes the life-enhancing delight of still being capable of celebrating the dance of the Padstow horse, ‘chasing sweet lusty Spring with pipes, goatskin and goats’.’
    • ‘The Ondangwa based Northern Tannery, which is operating under EPZ status, has so far invested N $42 million in the plant that is initially expected to process 500 hides and 1000 sheep and goatskins per month for export.’
    • ‘It's like a pear-shaped instrument, but this one, you can see the neck is long and the body is half a tree, covered in skin, covered in goatskin and the strings are made of gut.’
    • ‘Unveiled women volunteer shy smiles as they continue with their chores: scrubbing pans, spinning wool, or in one case churning butter in a goatskin suspended from a wooden tripod.’
    • ‘To complete the effect, she makes Jacob wear goatskin to approximate Esau's hairiness, a maneuver that successfully deceives Isaac and results in Isaac's mistakenly blessing him instead of Esau.’
    • ‘The first of its two sections consisted of ‘Pelts,’ 12 brightly dyed goatskins pinned to the walls.’
    • ‘Lots of us have been embarrassed by mum flashing pictures of us naked as babies on the goatskin rug.’
    • ‘Behind us came the five baggage camels, loaded down with goatskins of water.’
    • ‘A traditional game among the Afar, an ethnic group, is kwosso, in which the goal is to keep a ball made of rolled goatskins (resembling a soccer ball) away from the opposing team.’
    • ‘It was noticeable, however, that most of the lead drummers (‘lolay’ men) maintained their allegiance to goatskin.’
    • ‘Soft goatskins and sheepskins were laid out so the fighters didn't damage each other any more than necessary.’
    • ‘‘Obviously, if you are a traditional musician then you must bang on something, a piece of goatskin or half dead animal,’ laughs Matheson.’
    • ‘Inside hang sheepskins, saddlebags, the goatskin that Hector and Lalo skinned yesterday to make chaps, a shopping bag reading I LOVE YOU.’
    • ‘Legend has it that, struggling with altitude sickness and tropical bugs, he has crawled into caves to rescue music written on goatskins and covered with bird and bat droppings.’
    • ‘This rare ornament would have been a beaded replica of the traditional men's umutsha belt, the front of which comprised the isinene, made of animal tails or strips of leather, and the back the ibheshu, a square piece of goatskin.’
    • ‘He makes goatskins into garments, using a nail as a needle.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Leather made from the skin of a goat.
      ‘morocco is fashioned from goatskin’
      as modifier ‘a goatskin tent’
      • ‘The image of a goat rampant on a field of strawberry and lime yogurt is a tribute to two of our main industries - the production of goatskin clothing and yogurt processing.’
      • ‘The soft yet exceptionally durable goatskin is water repellent to protect in foul weather.’
      • ‘The head is adorned with a papakha, a fur cap of sheep or goatskin with the fleece side out, which hangs down over the forehead.’
      • ‘Women of the northern nomadic tribes, for example, wear gorfa, a sheepskin or goatskin dyed red or black and wrapped around the body, held in place with a leather cord and a rope belt.’
      • ‘She had a sudden image of herself, unkempt and twiggy, with a long beard and goatskin clothes, chasing lizards.’
      • ‘Men go naked, and the women may wear goatskin skirts.’
      • ‘The summer sun started to shine, and he discarded the heavy wet goatskin, deciding that he now had no need to carry its weight.’
      • ‘Tuareg and Hausa craftsmen are famous for their fancy leather work - beautiful boots, colorful sandals, and goatskin bags.’
      • ‘Zulu men, for instance, sport the amabheshu, a type of apron of goatskin or leather worn at the back.’
      • ‘Only the thigh-length, brown and white goatskin boots with cloven toes offer any indication that here sits the most outlandish, controversial female musician of her generation.’
      • ‘The ruffians wore goatskin hats, gritty cloaks, and leggings of leather, all diffusing the odor of a hundred bathless nights and days.’
      • ‘Its chief industries are yogurt processing, the production of goatskin clothing and farming.’
      • ‘They appear to have been constructed of greased leather stretched over a wooden frame containing goatskin bags which could be filled with water for submerging and then squeezed out for surfacing.’
      • ‘Men also wear frilly goatskin bands on their arms and legs.’
      • ‘As Ramon and Hector pull on goatskin chaps and nylon slickers, we head up-valley, following the faint trails left by huemules, Patagonia's endangered red deer.’
      • ‘Clad in stinking goatskin, Selkirk greeted the Englishmen who saw him from their ship.’
      • ‘Greek fondness for resinated wine originated in antiquity when goatskin wine bags and later wooden barrels were sealed with resin to prevent leakage.’
      • ‘Among other equally despicable practices associated with this day was the lashing of young women by two young men, clad only in a bit of goatskin and wielding goatskin thongs, who had been smeared with blood of sacrificial goats and dogs.’
      • ‘At least I have Mark's goatskin parchments, witness to His words.’
      • ‘For new work, one of Fox's favorite cover materials is goatskin and not just because of its soft white pattern and texture.’
    2. 1.2 A garment or object made out of goatskin.
      ‘goatskins belted across their chests’
      • ‘And so the word gets around, much like it did when Memete was carried in three decades ago on a goatskin.’
      • ‘Canteens and goatskins had been half-drained before this was discovered by unfortunate soldiers seeking to slake their thirst.’
      • ‘She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.’
      • ‘The family then begins reveling in their salvation, drinking wine from goatskins.’
      • ‘A statue of him, adorning the house where he was born, shows him in goatskins, gazing out over what would have been a busy fishing port in his day.’
      • ‘She tasted the wine, which had both power and grace, and smelled a little of the goatskin.’
      • ‘After taking a couple of gulps, she placed the goatskin down and called Will over.’
      • ‘Armed only with a satchel full of food, and a goatskin full of water, Gilbart had been given the assignment of walking straight through the Desert of Purification.’
      • ‘And occasionally the pair produce more than just scented goatskins.’
      • ‘Odysseus walked up to the cave with a goatskin full of wine.’