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shagreen

SHAGREE'N, n. A kind of grained leather prepared of the skin of a fish, a species of Squalus. To prepare it, the skin is stretched and covered with mustard seed, which is bruised upon it. The skin is then exposed to the weather for some days, and afterwards tanned.




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SHAGREE'N, n. A kind of grained leather prepared of the skin of a fish, a species of Squalus. To prepare it, the skin is stretched and covered with mustard seed, which is bruised upon it. The skin is then exposed to the weather for some days, and afterwards tanned.


SHA-GREEN, n.2 [or v.]

for Chagrin. [See Chagrin.]


SHA-GREEN, n.1 [Pers. سغري sagri, the skin of a horse or an ass, &c. dressed.]

A kind of grained leather prepared of the skin of a fish, a species of Squalus. To prepare it, the skin is stretched and covered with mustard-seed, which is bruised upon it. The skin is then exposed to the weather for some days, and afterward tanned. – Encyc.


Sha*green"
  1. To chagrin.

    [Obs.]
  2. A kind of untanned leather prepared in Russia and the East, from the skins of horses, asses, and camels, and grained so as to be covered with small round granulations. This characteristic surface is produced by pressing small seeds into the grain or hair side when moist, and afterward, when dry, scraping off the roughness left between them, and then, by soaking, causing the portions of the skin which had been compressed or indented by the seeds to swell up into relief. It is used for covering small cases and boxes.
  3. Made or covered with the leather called shagreen.

    "A shagreen case of lancets." T. Hook.
  4. The skin of various small sharks and other fishes when having small, rough, bony scales. The dogfishes of the genus Scyllium furnish a large part of that used in the arts.
  5. Covered with rough scales or points like those on shagreen.
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Shagreen

SHAGREE'N, noun A kind of grained leather prepared of the skin of a fish, a species of Squalus. To prepare it, the skin is stretched and covered with mustard seed, which is bruised upon it. The skin is then exposed to the weather for some days, and afterwards tanned.

SHAGRE'EN, adjective Made of the lether called shagreen

SHAGREEN, for chagrin. [See Chagrin.]

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