cordovan








noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain.
  2. (lowercase) a soft, smooth leather originally made at Córdoba of goatskin but later made also of split horsehide, pigskin, etc.

adjective

  1. of Córdoba, Spain.
  2. (lowercase) designating or made of cordovan.

noun

  1. a fine leather now made principally from horsehide, isolated from the skin layers above and below it and tanned

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Córdoba, Spain

adjective

  1. of or relating to Córdoba, Spain
n.

1590s, “fine Spanish leather,” from adjective Cordovan, from Spanish cordovan (modern cordoban), from cordovano (adj.) “of Cordova,” the Spanish city, former capital of Moorish Spain; a later adoption of the same word that became cordwain (see cordwainer). The city name is from Phoenician qorteb “oil press.”

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