Meaning of shagreen in English:

shagreen

noun

mass noun
  • 1Sharkskin used as a decorative material or, due to its natural rough surface of pointed scales, as an abrasive.

    • ‘Pseudopecten dentatus, however, is prosocline, more equilateral and flaring, and lacks shagreen or near-shagreen microornament.’
    • ‘This field of shagreen is limited to a strip along the dorsal lip of the prearticular and the denticulated texture of the dorsal surface does not grade in from the mesial surface as in other Late Devonian tetrapods.’
    • ‘The shagreen patch, a thickened orange-peel-textured area of connective tissue hamartoma, is most often found on the mid to lower back.’
    • ‘For example, the pterygoid flange is scored as having a single row of teeth along the posterior margin, rather than a shagreen of small denticles, as might be more appropriate.’
    • ‘For example, the ventral surface of the parasphenoid, variably bears an extremely fine shagreen of tiny, sharply conical denticles, giving the bone surface a sandpaper-like texture.’
  • 2A kind of untanned leather with a rough granulated surface.

    • ‘The knife, fork, and spoon were usually housed in a leather or shagreen case, although sometimes a more exotic material such as silver filigree was used.’
    • ‘Cooper felt shagreen possessed ‘some of the qualities of both M of P [mother-of-pearl] & leather.’
    • ‘The endangered Magazine Mountain shagreen is restricted to a single population found on the talus slopes of Magazine Mountain in the Ozark National Forest of Arkansas.’
    • ‘Maison Gerard, meanwhile, show a sumptuous pair of Jules Leleu commodes from the 1940s, covered in white shagreen and with sycamore interiors, gilt-bronze mounts and coral-red lacquer tops.’
    • ‘The French examples, typically with chalcedony handles and shagreen cases, are of the very finest workmanship.’

Origin

Late 17th century variant of chagrin in the literal sense ‘rough skin’.

Pronunciation

shagreen

/ʃaˈɡriːn/