Shagreen
Shagreen Sha*green", n. [F. chagrin, It. zigrino, fr. Turk. saghri the back of a horse or other beast of burden, shagreen. Cf. {Chagrin}.] 1. A kind of untanned leather prepared in Russia and the East, from the skins of horses, asses, and camels, and grained so as to be covered with small round granulations. This characteristic surface is produced by pressing small seeds into the grain or hair side when moist, and afterward, when dry, scraping off the roughness left between them, and then, by soaking, causing the portions of the skin which had been compressed or indented by the seeds to swell up into relief. It is used for covering small cases and boxes. [1913 Webster]

2. The skin of various small sharks and other fishes when having small, rough, bony scales. The dogfishes of the genus {Scyllium} furnish a large part of that used in the arts. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Shagreen — is a type of roughened untanned leather, formerly made from a horse s back, or that of an onager (wild ass), and typically dyed green. Shagreen is now commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays. The word derives from the French chagrin… …   Wikipedia

  • Shagreen — Sha*green , Shagreened Sha*greened a. 1. Made or covered with the leather called shagreen. A shagreen case of lancets. T. Hook. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Covered with rough scales or points like those on shagreen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shagreen — Sha*green , v. t. To chagrin. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shagreen — [shə grēn′] n. [altered (as if from SHAG1 & GREEN) < Fr chagrin < Turk sağrı, horse s back, hide from this area] 1. rawhide with a rough, granular surface, made from the skin of the horse, seal, etc. 2. the hard, rough skin of the shark or… …   English World dictionary

  • shagreen — sha·green (shə grēnґ) 1. a type of untanned leather covered with granulations. 2. the rough skin of various types of sharks. 3. having a rough, nevoid surface and a resemblance to shark skin; see shagreen patch, under patch. Shagreen… …   Medical dictionary

  • shagreen — noun Etymology: by folk etymology from French chagrin, modification of Turkish sağrı Date: 1677 1. an untanned leather covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green 2. the rough skin of various sharks and rays when covered with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shagreen — 1) untanned sharkskin retaining the placoid scales; it has a rough sandpaper like surface and was formerly used for sandpaper, sword grips, etc.; also used to refer to the skin of sharks which has been treated by filing down and painting or… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • shagreen — /sheuh green /, n. 1. an untanned leather with a granular surface, prepared from the hide of a horse, shark, seal, etc. 2. the rough skin of certain sharks, used as an abrasive. adj. 3. Also, shagreened. resembling, covered with, or made of… …   Universalium

  • shagreen — sha•green [[t]ʃəˈgrin[/t]] n. 1) clo an untanned leather with a granular surface, prepared from the hide of a horse, shark, seal, etc 2) the rough skin of certain sharks, used as an abrasive 3) Also, sha•greened′. made of or resembling shagreen • …   From formal English to slang

  • shagreen — /ʃəˈgrin/ (say shuh green) noun 1. a kind of untanned leather with a granular surface, prepared from the skin of the horse, shark, seal, etc. 2. the rough skin of certain sharks, used as an abrasive. –adjective Also, shagreened. 3. consisting of… …   Australian English dictionary

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