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A slunk is an animal, especially a calf, born prematurely or abortively. Slunk skin, calfskin typically obtained as a byproduct of cattle slaughter, is also known as chickenskin.[1]

Slunk skin is sold commercially[2] and used for example in furniture.[3] drums, and gloves.[4]


  1. Cumming, Valerie (1982). Gloves (Reprinted. ed.). London: Batsford. p. 93. ISBN 9780713410082.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Calf Slink (Unborn calf skins)". Chichester, Inc. Retrieved 2015-02-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Early Herman Miller Eames LCW Slunk Skin". Retrieved 2015-02-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Schmidt, Paul William (1991). History of the Ludwig Drum Company. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 97. ISBN 0931759498. As regards snare drums, in order for the snare drum to really vibrate, the head had to be as thin as tissue paper, and those heads came from unborn calves. We called it slunk skin. The slunk skins were always plentiful, more so than heads for the batter side. These slunk skins were the same ones used for making ladies fine gloves.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>