One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boot of tanned reindeer skin with the hair on the outside.
- ‘Clearly, there's no shortage of readers eager to hitch a sledge-ride into the lost world of pemmican, finnesko, man-hauling and hoosh, satisfyingly sealed off in time by the jagged crevasse of World War I.’
- ‘The ordinary finnesko is made from the skin of the reindeer stag's head, with the fur outside, and its shape is roughly that of a very large boot without any laces.’
- ‘Finnesko boots were stuffed with saennegrass (a crinkly, Arctic grass) for insulation.’
- ‘‘Skis, or at least snowshoes,’ Ayres writes, ‘should have been mandatory on the expedition, as they distribute one's weight over a much larger area than a pair of feet in finnesko.’’
- ‘They pulled worn finnesko from trash piles and stitched them together or made them from tattered discarded sleeping bags.’
Late 19th century: from Norwegian finnsko, from Finn (see Finn) + sko (see shoe).
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