as·​tra·​khan ˈa-strə-kən How to pronounce astrakhan (audio)
often capitalized
: karakul of Russian origin
: a cloth with a usually wool, curled, and looped pile resembling karakul

Examples of astrakhan in a Sentence

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Word History


Astrakhan, Russia

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of astrakhan was in 1766

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“Astrakhan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


as·​tra·​khan ˈas-trə-kən How to pronounce astrakhan (audio)
often capitalized
: sheepskin of the karakul lamb from Russia
: a cloth made to look like karakul sheepskin

Geographical Definition


geographical name

As·​tra·​khan ˈa-strə-ˌkan How to pronounce Astrakhan (audio)
city in Russia in Europe on the Volga River at the head of its delta population 512,000

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