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1A building used for storing animal skins and furs. In later use chiefly historical.
2A house or tent made of animal hide covering a framework; especially a tepee used by North American Indians; = skin lodge. Now chiefly historical.
3A corrupt or illicit gambling establishment, a gambling den. Now chiefly historical.
4An establishment providing pornographic entertainment; specifically a cinema showing pornographic films.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Bartram (1739–1823), botanist and ornithologist. Partly from skin + house, and partly from skin + house.
skin house/ˈskɪn haʊs/
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