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Skins from small wild rodents of the cava family, Hydrochoerus capybara, native to tropical South America. Capybara skins resemble pigskins. They are used for belting, gaskets, sporting gloves, and other small items.

Synonyms and Related Terms

capibara (Ned); carpincho leather; capivara;

Physical and Chemical Properties

Bristle holes occur in straight-line groups, usually 4 to 7 holes to a group.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 447
  • Howard L. Needles, Handbook of Textile Fibers, Dyes & Finishes, Garland Publishing Co., New York, 1981
  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • American Leather Chemists Association Glossary at
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998