sha·​green | \ sha-ˈgrēn How to pronounce shagreen (audio) , shə- \

Definition of shagreen

1 : an untanned leather covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green
2 : the rough skin of various sharks and rays when covered with small close-set tubercles

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shagreen adjective

Examples of shagreen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aerin makes a fancy Jenga, the classic balancing game, with blocks made of beech, stored in a cream or brown shagreen box with brass detailing. Washington Post, "As a novelty or a favorite, wooden toys can make great gifts," 20 Nov. 2019 The coffee table is covered in shagreen with an iron base. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Doug Davis and Hannon Kirk Doody on Decorating a Glamorous Retreat," 25 Sep. 2014 Clam shell and shagreen clutch with detachable chain strap. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "4 Shelly Accessories for Summer Beach Trips," 12 July 2018 The bench is upholstered with a snakeskin-print linen by Robert Allen, and the console has a faux-shagreen top on a polished-metal base. Michael Lassell, ELLE Decor, "Miami Makeover," 15 Mar. 2012 Throughout the apartment, walls are embellished with subtly textured surfaces ranging from plaster to shagreen. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Classic Central Park Apartment Goes Contemporary," 10 May 2017 The two kits on auction include one covered in shark and ray skins, referred to as the shagreen kit, and the other in a mahogany case, referred to as the mahogany kit. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s your chance to buy brutal amputation tools used in the Revolutionary War," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of shagreen

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shagreen

by folk etymology from French chagrin, modification of Turkish sağrı

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“Shagreen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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