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 for Patent leather
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patent \Pat"ent\ (p[a^]t"ent or p[=a]t"ent), a. [L. patens,
     -entis, p. pr. of patere to be open: cf. F. patent. Cf.
     Fathom.]
     1.
  
     Note: (Oftener pronounced p[=a]t"ent in this sense) Open;
           expanded; evident; apparent; unconcealed; manifest;
           public; conspicuous.
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                 He had received instructions, both patent and
                 secret.                            --Motley.
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     2. Open to public perusal; -- said of a document conferring
        some right or privilege; as, letters patent. See Letters
        patent, under 3d Letter.
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     3. Appropriated or protected by letters patent; secured by
        official authority to the exclusive possession, control,
        and disposal of some person or party; patented; as, a
        patent right; patent medicines.
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              Madder . . . in King Charles the First's time, was
              made a patent commodity.              --Mortimer.
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     4. (Bot.) Spreading; forming a nearly right angle with the
        steam or branch; as, a patent leaf.
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     Patent leather, a varnished or lacquered leather, used for
        boots and shoes, and in carriage and harness work.
  
     Patent office, a government bureau for the examination of
        inventions and the granting of patents.
  
     Patent right.
        (a) The exclusive right to an invention, and the control
            of its manufacture.
        (b) (Law) The right, granted by the sovereign, of
            exclusive control of some business of manufacture, or
            of the sale of certain articles, or of certain offices
            or prerogatives.
  
     Patent rolls, the registers, or records, of patents.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  patent leather
      n 1: leather with a hard glossy surface

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