Leather shorts, often with H-shaped suspenders, worn traditionally in Bavaria and the Tyrol by men and boys.
[German, from Middle High German lederhose : leder, leather (from Old High German ledar) + hose, trousers (from Old High German hosa; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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