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Adjective: coriaceous  ,kor-ee'ey-shus [N. Amer], ,kó-ree'ey-shus [Brit]
  1. Resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable
    "Similar in appearance is the bush, which has a rosette of coriaceous, sword-shaped leaves - glossy green and banded";
    - leathered, leatherlike, leathery

See also: tough

Encyclopedia: Coriaceous