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sharkskin

[ shahrk-skin ]
/ ˈʃɑrkˌskɪn /
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noun

a smooth fabric of acetate or rayon with a dull or chalklike appearance, for apparel.
a fine worsted fabric in twill weave, compact in texture and light to medium in weight, for suits.

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Origin of sharkskin

First recorded in 1850–55; shark1 + skin
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  • He opened the sharkskin cover and flipped a few pages into the text.

    Captives of the Flame|Samuel R. Delany
  • He was dressed in an expensive white sharkskin suit with a white American-style shirt and a black tie.

    The Golden Skull|John Blaine
  • In the doorway of the tailor shop is a dark-complexioned man in a gray sharkskin suit.

    The Wailing Octopus|Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He saw the man in the gray sharkskin suit saunter out of the doorway and start toward them.

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British Dictionary definitions for sharkskin

sharkskin
/ (ˈʃɑːkˌskɪn) /

noun

a smooth glossy fabric of acetate rayon, used for sportswear, etc
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