Sheepskin is traditionally used (particularly in Scotland) to make mittens. Sheepskin mittens are to be considered a good thing, since they are so lovely and warm and snuggly. Unless you are a sheep. Also, the nearly-complete hides can be used as rugs and blankets, providing an endangered species friendly alternative to tiger skin rugs, as well as being warmer and (IMHO) looking cooler. As I revise this writeup, I am snuggling into a pair of sheepskin slippers made in Germany and purchased at the German Christmas Market in Birmingham, UK.

Sheep"skin` (?), n.


The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it.


A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.

[College Cant]


© Webster 1913.

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