• WordNet 3.6
    • n sheepskin a document certifying the successful completion of a course of study
    • n sheepskin skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on
    • n sheepskin tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is very common for babies in New Zealand to sleep on sheepskins. This is to help them gain weight faster, and retain their body heat
    • Sheepskin A diploma; -- so called because usually written or printed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.
    • Sheepskin The skin of a sheep; or, leather prepared from it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sheepskin The skin of a sheep; especially, such a skin dressed or preserved with the wool on, and used as a garment in many parts of Europe, as by peasants, shepherds, etc. The skin of a sheep fastened to the end of a long stick is used in Australia for beating out bush-fires.
    • n sheepskin Leather made from the skin of a sheep. See sheep, 2.
    • n sheepskin A diploma, deed, or the like engrossed on parchment prepared from the skin of the sheep.
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  • Robert M. Hutchins
    Robert M. Hutchins
    “The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.”


Get a sheepskin - Getting a sheepskin (or your sheepskin) means getting a degree or diploma. (Sheepskin refers to the parchment that a degree is printed on- parchment comes from sheepskin.)


In literature:

Hence the old scribes turned to vellum, or sheepskin.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
I say, sir, if I was you I'd give me orders to see the butchers, and buy four o' the sheepskins.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
It is first packed in sacks of sheepskin, tanned with alum.
"The Mines and its Wonders" by W.H.G. Kingston
On their feet they wear moccasins made of sheepskin.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Did you bring your sheepskin with you?
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
When Jenks first came to work with a technical sheepskin and a few tons of brass, Linane accorded him only passing notice.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
There are some swarthy-looking men too, in sheepskins, and one is waiting to water his camel.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
His legs were encased in sheepskin chaps.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was the first gleam of the wolf tooth shining for a moment behind the woolly face of the sheepskin.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
The men entered and filed to the right of the structure where sheepskins and rugs provided seating.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

His tunes are chiefly of one note,
He has a sheepskin for a coat,
His water-bottle's painted yellow,
He is a handsome little fellow.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
A graduate you've just been made,
And lately passed the Mitred Head;
I trust, by the Blest Spirit, led,
And Shepherd's care:
And not a wolf, in sheepskin clad,
As numbers are.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

Bits, saddle pads, suede and sheepskin all have their own special needs.
After 37 years of business in Canton, it is time for us to close the doors to our Sheepskin Shop.
CANTON – Rita and Al Ostrander want to sell Ostrander's Sheepskin Shop, now operating at their bed and breakfast near Canton.
Vegan activist Walter Edmund Bond, of Utah, today pleaded guilty to felony counts related to an April fire that burned down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale.
Suspect in Sheepskin Factory fire doesn't deny allegations.
Denver firefighters and arson investigators gather at the scene of an early morning fire at the Sheepskin Factory, 510 S Colorado Blvd in Glendale.
Visit To 96-Acre Sheepskin Hollow Showcases Roaring Brook.
Is the Sheepskin Worth It.
Sheepskin fibers keep pilots comfortable flying anytime of the year.
Vegan activist Walter Edmund Bond of Utah pleaded guilty Thursday to two felonies relating to an April fire that destroyed the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale.
The vegan activist accused of burning down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale is expected to plead guilty Thursday in federal court.
Tanning Sheepskin to Create House-Warming Rugs.
Tanning Sheepskin Rugs at Home.
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Sarah Seguin's gingerbread house can be seen at Overland Sheepskin Co. Saturday, December 8, 2012.