sharkskin

noun

shark·​skin ˈshärk-ˌskin How to pronounce sharkskin (audio)
1
: the hide of a shark or leather made from it
2
a
: a smooth durable woolen or worsted suiting in twill or basket weave with small woven designs
b
: a smooth crisp fabric with a dull finish made usually of rayon in basket weave

Examples of sharkskin in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sharkskin was in 1851

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“Sharkskin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharkskin. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sharkskin

noun
shark·​skin ˈshärk-ˌskin How to pronounce sharkskin (audio)
1
: the hide of a shark or leather made from it
2
: a smooth durable material with small woven designs that looks like the hide of a shark

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