Definition of tree calf in English:

tree calf


mass noun
  • Calfskin stained with a tree-like design and used in bookbinding.

    • ‘Bound in tree calf with raised bands, leather spine label and gold decorations.’
    • ‘A nice copy in full tree calf with elaborately gilt backstrip.’
    • ‘The first in line, Life of Captain Cook was bound in full tree calf to match the rest of the set.’
    • ‘This workshop will cover two traditional 18th century English techniques, tree calf and the Cambridge panel, as well as leather dyeing and staining and other techniques including the cat's paw pattern, paste-resist and simple sprinkling.’
    • ‘Contemporary and uniform half tree calf, gold-tooled spines with red and black labels, tree-marbled sides, sprinkled edges.’