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Parfleche

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Parfleche A kind of rawhide consisting of hide, esp. of the buffalo, which has been soaked in crude wood-ash lye to remove the hairs, and then dried.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parfleche The hide of an animal (preferably of a bull-buffalo) from which the hair has been removed by soaking in water mixed with wood-ashes, and which is then stretched on a frame so as to take the desired shape, and allowed to dry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parfleche pär-flesh′ rawhide of buffalo-skin stripped of hair and dried on a stretcher: a wallet, tent, &c. of such material.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. through Canadian F. fr. Amer. Indian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Canadian Fr.,—Ind.

Usage

In literature:

The body was wrapped in blankets and robes and bound around and around with parfleche ropes.
"Myths and Legends of the Sioux" by Marie L. McLaughlin
Many buffalo have been run in, and our parfleches are filled with dried meat.
"Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
He proffered a pair of moccasins, parfleche-soled and comfortable, to Bartley.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Then everybody began to sing hard, and four young men pounded with sticks on a parfleche, in time to the music.
"When Buffalo Ran" by George Bird Grinnell
Provision sacks or parfleche cases were made of dried buffalo hide.
"Omaha Dwellings, Furniture and Implements" by James Owen Dorsey,
La Luna sat near her brother, sewing "parfleche" soles upon a pair of moccasins.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Half an hour afterward he came to the house with his parfleches, and asked me to put him up a couple of weeks' grubstake.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The town swarmed with goldseekers pausing here to rest and fill their parfleches.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Dusty Star, craning his neck round the parfleches, gazed at the drum with wonder.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
In the procession of the fourth day, the parfleches are carried behind the medicine woman by her attendants.
"The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians" by Clark Wissler
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