One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Leather made from the hide of an ox.
- ‘In the sixth century Saint Brendan set off from the west coast of Ireland in a small currach made of wicker and oxhide to search for the Isles of the Blessed.’
- ‘His equivalents in Minos and Mycenae from 3,000 bc to 1,000 bc wore helmets and carried oxhide shields around their necks; later the shield became smaller and was carried on the arm.’
- ‘He motioned to his advisors and they produced an oxhide and one of them threw it on the ground between them.’
- ‘He's a darling boy, no trouble at all, tough as oxhide.’
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