buffalo robe

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buffalo robe (plural buffalo robes)

  1. (US, historical) A cured bison hide, with the hair left on, used as a blanket or wrap.
    1920 The snow was too thick and the ruts frozen too hard for the motor. They drove out in a clumsy high carriage. Tucked over them was a blue woolen cover, prickly to her wrists, and outside of it a buffalo robe, humble and moth-eaten now, used ever since the bison herds had streaked the prairie a few miles to the west. — Lewis Sinclair, Main Street.