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Morocco. A term used by leather manufacturers, having two distinct significations. 1. Leather made from goatskins tanned with sumac, originally in Morocco, Algiers, but now produced in Europe and America from imported skins. The peculiar qualities of true morocco are great firmness of texture with flexibility, and a grained surface of which there are many varieties. This surface is produced by an embossing process called graining. True morocco is of extreme hardness, and makes the most durable book bindings; it is used also for upholstering seats, and for boot-tops. 2. It is also a general term used to describe fine light-weight leather in imitation of the above, made chiefly of sheep, lamb and kid skins as well as of goat, 'and used in the manufacture of light shoes for men, women and children.