- rawhide with a rough, granular surface, made from the skin of the horse, seal, etc.
- the hard, rough skin of the shark or dogfish, used as a polisher
Origin of shagreenaltered (as if from shag and amp; green) ; from French chagrin ; from Turkish sa?r?, horse's back, hide from this area
- The rough hide of a shark or ray with embedded denticles, used as an abrasive and as leather.
- An untanned leather with a granular surface that is often dyed green.
Origin of shagreenFrench chagrin, leather made from the croup of a horse, donkey, or mule, alteration (probably influenced by French chagrin, chagrin, because such leather is rough) of Middle French sagrin, from Turkish sağrı, croup, leather made from a horse's croup, from Old Turkic; perhaps akin to Mongolian sa&ggr;u-, to sit.
(countable and uncountable, plural shagreens)
(third-person singular simple present shagreens, present participle shagreening, simple past and past participle shagreened)
- To give a texture resembling shagreen leather.