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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cordwain \Cord"wain\ (k?rd"w?n), n. [OE. cordewan, cordian, OF. cordoan, cordouan, fr. Sp. cordoban. See Cordovan.] A term used in the Middle Ages for Spanish leather (goatskin tanned and dressed), and hence, any leather handsomely finished, colored, gilded, or the like. [1913 Webster] Buskins he wore of costliest cordwain. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]