What does the word Shagreen mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Amy Lowell