Hide and skin are essentially the same thing, but what differentiates them is that a hide is an animal’s skin that is treated for human use. To most though, they are synonymous.
The differences are subtle — on an animal, a covering is just skin. When hide is used to describe living skin, usually it connotes toughness and thickness. Once the skin is removed, hide refers to raw or treated forms of the skin — skin, then, is only used in words like pigskin or calfskin as an adjective to describe what a hide is made of.
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