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MFA# 17.2018


1) A smooth, supple piece of vegetable tanned Leather or Parchment obtained from skin of a sheep (genus Ovis). Sheepskin parchment is typically made from split skins and is used for high quality documents.

2) A processed natural sheepskin with the Wool fleece attached. Sheepskin rugs, mats, and jackets provide soft comfort and warm insulation. Many less expensive synthetic imitations of wool fleece are sold.

Sheep flock

Synonyms and Related Terms

sheep skin; sheep fleece; peau de mouton (Fr.); pele de ovelha (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • ASTM, "Standard Terminology Relating to Paint, Varnish, Lacquer and Related Products", Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Section 6, Paints, Related Coatings and Aromatics, ASTM, D16, 7-Jan, Jul-96
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 705
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998