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From Old French peleterie, the trade of a skinner or peltmonger.


peltry (plural peltries)

  1. Pelts or skins, collectively; skins with the fur on them; furs.
    • 1679-1680, Jasper Danckaerts, Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680[1]:
      It has gray hair, and the fleece is sometimes sold with other peltries, but it is not worth much, although it has some odor.
    • 1814, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I.[2]:
      We met with a party of three hunters from the Sioux river; they had been out for twelve months, and collected about nine hundred dollars worth of peltries and furs.
    • 1855, Herman Melville, Israel Potter[3]:
      Selling his glittering goods at a great advance, he received in exchange valuable peltries and furs at a corresponding reduction.