Moscow Hide and Fur 
The West's Leading Fur House

Glossary of terms used on our web site



A-Sel, A-Exc, A-Ord, A-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page

Baculum - the bone from inside an animal's penis, aka "Mountain Man Toothpick". For pictures of baculum listed by species, see our Baculum Chart

BB-Sel, BB-Exc, BB-Ord, BB-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page

Cape - the head and shoulders of an animal, the part used to make a mounted head

Cased - hide has not been cut up the belly, but is skinned as a tube, like a sock.

Dressed - Tanned/finished to preserve the skin

Ears turned - ears were turned inside out when the hide was raw so that a taxidermist can turn them back when mounting on a form, so the ears will stand up as in nature.

GH "Greatest Height" - The measurement of the tallest part of a set of antlers

GW "Greatest Width" - The measurement of the widest part of a set of antlers

Life size - a taxidermy mount other than a flat rug, such as a mount on a wall, or a full body mount.

NTB "Nose To Base of tail" - hide is measured from the tip of the nose to where the tail meets the body

Open - hide has been cut up the belly so it lays flat

Plucked and Sheared - long guard hairs have been plucked out, and the soft underfur is sheared to a uniform thickness. This makes for a very soft fur. See our inventory of Plucked and Sheared Beaver.

Rawhide - Hide with hair removed and skin stretched and dried. Used for drums, shields, etc

Raw Furs - Raw furs have not been tanned. Tanning a fur preserves it for the long term, turning the skin into leather. A raw fur may be salted and/or dried, but may be slightly greasy and generally needs to be further preserved (tanned) to be used in most craft projects.

Rosette - The gnarled part of the antler that sits against the animals head

Scapula - shoulder blade

Ventral - The front, or "belly" side of the body

WT "Width between Tips" - The measurement between

Zygomatic (arch) - "cheek" bone

UT-Sel, UT-Exc, UT-Ord, UT-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page