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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

Astrakhan

[as-truh-kan; Russian uh-struh-khahn] /ˈæs trəˌkæn; Russian ʌ strʌˈxɑn/
noun
1.
a city in the S Russian Federation in Europe, at the mouth of the Volga.
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  • These men had the red stars on their astrakhan caps and red triangles on their sleeves.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • We'll go to astrakhan for fish in the spring, and toward autumn I'll send you to school!

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • From this point the river is navigable for over two thousand miles to astrakhan.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • The better ones are trimmed at the collar and cuffs with astrakhan.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • It was also present to a slight extent in the Caucasus and in astrakhan.

  • "I seem to recall I was in astrakhan myself a few years back," he reminded.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Kasan, Oremberg, and astrakhan are the chief Turk provinces.

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for astrakhan

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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