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Is there a word for the leather that covers a dead person's face? I am pretty sure there was a word for that, but I can't remember what it was.

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    What leather? We don't usually have them in Britain. Jun 21 '20 at 8:24
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I've never heard of leather specifically, or even of just the face being covered, but a general term for something that a corpse is wrapped in is a shroud:

[Merriam-Webster]
1 : burial garment : WINDING-SHEET, CEREMENT

winding-sheet
: a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped

cerement
: a shroud for the dead
especially : CERECLOTH —usually used in plural

cerecloth
: cloth treated with melted wax or gummy matter and formerly used especially for wrapping a dead body

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Never heard of leather either...

There are death masks made of wax or plaster....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_mask#:~:text=A%20death%20mask%20is%20a,used%20for%20creation%20of%20portraits.

But I think it is more likely that the word you are looking for is not for bodies' heads but babies'... a cawl

A caul or cowl is a piece of membrane that can cover a newborn's head and face.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caul

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