noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Astrakhan, Russia Date: 1766 1. karakul of Russian origin 2. a cloth with a usually wool, curled, and looped pile resembling karakul

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ASTRAKHAN — ASTRAKHAN, Volga port, capital of Astrakhan district, Russia. The Jewish Statute of 1804 (see russia ) included the province (gubernia) of Astrakhan in the pale of settlement . However, in 1825 Jewish settlement in this government was prohibited …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ASTRAKHAN — ASTRAKHA S’étendant sur les deux rives du bras principal de la Volga, à une centaine de kilomètres de la mer Caspienne, Astrakhan, chef lieu de la région administrative de la Fédération de Russie du même nom, comptait déjà 113 000 habitants en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Astrakhan — As tra*khan , a. Of or pertaining to Astrakhan in Russia or its products; made of an Astrakhan skin. n. The skin of stillborn or young lambs of that region, the curled wool of which resembles fur. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astrakhan — cloth or astrakhan wool of the type originally clipped from sheep native to Astrakhan on the Caspian in the delta of the Volga …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • astrakhan — ► NOUN ▪ the dark curly fleece of young karakul lambs from central Asia. ORIGIN named after the city of Astrakhan in Russia …   English terms dictionary

  • astrakhan — [as′trə kən] n. 1. a loosely curled fur, a kind of karakul, made from the pelt of very young lambs originally bred near Astrakhan 2. a wool fabric with a pile cut and curled to look like this …   English World dictionary

  • Astrakhan — Astrakhan, so v.w. Astrachan …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Astrakhan — [as′trə kan΄; ] Russ [ äs΄trə khän′y ] city & port in SW Russia, on the Volga River delta near the Caspian Sea: pop. 512,000 …   English World dictionary

  • Astrakhan — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Astrakan. Astrakhan Астрахань …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Astrakhan — Infobox Russian city EnglishName=Astrakhan RussianName=Астрахань Skyline=Astrakhan panoramaofcenter.jpg Skyline LatDeg=46 LatMin=21 LatSec LonDeg=48 LonMin=03 LonSec Locator LocatorMap CityDay= FederalSubject=Astrakhan Oblast MunStatus=Urban… …   Wikipedia

  • astrakhan — /as treuh keuhn, kan /, n. 1. a fur of young lambs, with lustrous, closely curled wool, from Astrakhan. 2. Also called astrakhan cloth. a fabric with curled pile resembling astrakhan fur. Also, astrachan. [1760 70] * * * City (pop., 2001 est.:… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”