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astrachan

[as-truh-kuh n, -kan] /ˈæs trə kən, -ˌkæn/
noun
1.
2.
(initial capital letter) Horticulture. a tart, usually red or yellow variety of apple.

astrakhan

or astrachan

[as-truh-kuh n, -kan] /ˈæs trə kən, -ˌkæn/
noun
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.
Origin of astrakhan
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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  • She got into her little blue jacket, with its neat collar and cuffs of astrachan.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • The American marveled at a recently immigrated Slav's astrachan cap.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • The governor of astrachan had been but too faithful a prophet.

  • The Governor of astrachan had been but too faithful a prophet.

  • This suburban estimation of personal worth was a confirmation of my conclusion drawn from the rags beneath the astrachan coat.

    Jewel Mysteries Max Pemberton
  • A good early dessert apple, of medium size, and first-rate quality, resembling the White astrachan.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • Early in the spring of 1554 a numerous and choice army descended the Volga in bateaux to the delta on which astrachan is built.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • A frigate and a yacht had been constructed, with which the Volga had been navigated to its mouth at astrachan.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • Workmen were marched by thousands from Kesan, from astrachan, from the Ukraine, to assist in building the city.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
  • Water-melons and grapes are brought from astrachan; great plenty of melons from Moscow; and apples and pears from the Ukraine.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for astrachan

astrakhan

/ˌæstrəˈkæn; -ˈkɑːn/
noun
1.
a fur, usually black or grey, made of the closely curled wool of lambs from Astrakhan
2.
a cloth with curled pile resembling this
3.
(modifier) made of such fur or cloth: an astrakhan collar

Astrakhan

/ˌæstrəˈkæn; -ˈkɑːn; Russian ˈastrəxənj/
noun
1.
a city in SE Russia, on the delta of the Volga River, 21 m (70 ft) below sea level. Pop: 507 000 (2005 est)
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