- an untanned leather with a granular surface, prepared from the hide of a horse, shark, seal, etc.
- the rough skin of certain sharks, used as an abrasive.
- Also sha·greened. resembling, covered with, or made of shagreen.
Origin of shagreen
1605–15; < French chagrin, variant of sagrin < Turkish sağrι rump, crupper
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Historical Examples of shagreen
Shagreen was formerly very extensively used for covering the cases of watches, spectacles, surgical instruments, &c.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- the rough skin of certain sharks and rays, used as an abrasive
- a rough grainy leather made from certain animal hides
Word Origin for shagreen
C17: from French chagrin, from Turkish çagri rump; also associated through folk etymology with shag 1, green
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