a. The skin of a male deer.
b. A soft, often grayish-yellow leather usually having a suede finish, once made from deerskins but now generally made from sheepskins.
2. buckskins Clothing, especially breeches or shoes, made from buckskin.
3. A person who wears buckskins, especially an American backwoodsman or soldier in the Revolutionary War.
4. A horse of a grayish-yellow color.
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