shagreen

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English[edit]

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A shagreen covered box.

Etymology[edit]

1677, Anglicized form of chagrin, from French chagrin, from Turkish sağrı.[1][2][3]

However, the etymology of French chagrin is complex and disputed, likely of Germanic origin – whether there was any influence between an existing French word of Germanic origin and a Turkish loan is unclear.

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Noun[edit]

shagreen (countable and uncountable, plural shagreens)

  1. An untanned leather, often dyed green; originally made from horse skin, today mostly made from the skin of a shark or ray.

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Verb[edit]

shagreen (third-person singular simple present shagreens, present participle shagreening, simple past and past participle shagreened)

  1. (transitive) To give a texture resembling shagreen leather.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "shagreen." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2008.
  2. ^ shagreen” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  3. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary 2010