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 small close-set tubercles • shagreen adjective

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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 , 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… …   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 — 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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