from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The short, soft, silky fur of a mole.
  • n. A heavy-napped cotton twill fabric.
  • n. Clothing, especially trousers, of this fabric.
  • n. A soft material, often with an adhesive backing, used especially on the feet to protect against chafing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fur of a mole
  • n. A cotton twill fabric with a heavy velvety nap
  • n. clothing made of this fabric
  • n. A padded adhesive bandage used to prevent or treat blisters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any fabric having a thick soft shag, like the fur of a mole; esp., a kind of strong twilled fustian.
  • n. A soft fabric having an adhesive backing, applied to the skin at points susceptible to abrasion, as on the feet, to prevent irritation or blistering during exercise, such as hiking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The skin of a mole.
  • n. A kind of fustian, double-twilled and extra strong, and cropped before dyeing.
  • Made of or resembling moleskin: as, a moleskin vest; a moleskin purse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a durable cotton fabric with a velvety nap


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Clothing made from moleskin is noted for its softness and durability.

    princess shoes

  • A moleskin is also a skin coloured piece of covering for the genital area of a female.

    princess shoes

  • A diluted version of the same approach can often be found in the author photos of contemporary male novelists, although the pipe has become metaphorical and moleskin is the new tweed.

    The Author Photo

  • Penguins, as everybody knows, are deathly afraid of moles, so disguising yourself as one by donning a moleskin is a highly effective means of self-preservation in case of penguin attack.

    Consumption: Now With More Minimalism!

  • Tall and thin and angular (he imagined he looked like Henry Clay, and he was of similar build), dressed in what was known as moleskin, a tan-colored goods looking strangely like rough-finished kid, the trousers so skin-tight and so firmly strapped under the shoe that he had to assume a sitting posture with considerable deliberation and care.

    Social life in old New Orleans : being recollections of my girlhood,

  • I am guessing the minimalist actually did mean "moleskin", a product to put on your feet to prevent / treat the blisters you tend to get when portaging a bunch of crap on your back for long distances?

    Consumption: Now With More Minimalism!

  • FWIW and apologies if you knew this already but decided to have a bit of fun anyhow, I am guessing the minimalist actually did mean "moleskin", a product to put on your feet to prevent / treat the blisters you tend to get when portaging a bunch of crap on your back for long distances.

    Consumption: Now With More Minimalism!

  • He was better dressed than the majority, in expensive "moleskin" trousers from the store, a clean blue gingham shirt, a gaudy red sash, and an antique gold-embroidered waistcoat that had originated Heaven knows where.

    The Woman from Outside [on Swan River]

  • There is a kind of moleskin Russian cloth called the _shikin maghut_, of various shades, colours and qualities, which commands a ready sale both in Khorassan and Sistan, although its price is high and its quality and dye not particularly good.

    Across Coveted Lands or a Journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta Overland

  • "If you have any fighting material such as moleskin, gaffs, knives, shipping boxes, drop pens, boxing gloves, gamecock feed, the list goes on you are guilty and subject to $1000 FINE and six months in jail for every count.

    On the Menu and on the Docket; Legislators Look at Fowl Foul Play


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