Part of speech: noun

The rough skin of various fishes; used for polishing; rough grained Oriental leather.

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Usage examples "shagreen":

  1. An amusing expression of this self- praise has come down to us in the puff he composed on the occasion of a reprint of the Shagreen Skin by Gosselin in 1832. The Philosophic Tales of Monsieur de Balzac, it announced, have appeared this week. - "Balzac", Frederick Lawton.
  2. In 1737 shagreen cases with ivory- handled forks were advertised; bone, japanned metal, wood, and horn handles also appeared- all, of course, with metal prongs. - "Customs and Fashions in Old New England", Alice Morse Earle.
  3. He took a shagreen letter case From his pocket, and with charming grace Offered me a printed card. - "Sword Blades and Poppy Seed", Amy Lowell.