The skin of an unborn or prematurely born animal.
The term is applied particularly to calves, from
which the very finest grade ofPARCHMENT is
produced. Slunks are also used in makingSUEDE LEATHER , and
the smaller the fibers, the finer the nap that can
be produced. The skins of unborn or prematurely
born animals have skins with very fine fibers and
a much less highly developed vascular network. (363 )