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sharkskin

Syllabification: shark·skin
Pronunciation: /ˈSHärkˌskin
 
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Definition of sharkskin in English:

noun

1The rough scaly skin of a shark, sometimes used as shagreen.
Example sentences
  • She has created an artificial sharkskin that mimics natural sharkskin's innate resistance to biofouling.
  • It is covered by a layer of tiny, bony tubercles, similar to that of sharkskin in appearance and feel.
  • The holsters are hand-stitched using the finest leather, horsehide, cowhide, sharkskin and exotics like ostrich and stingray.
1.1A stiff, slightly lustrous synthetic fabric.
Example sentences
  • Man, those narrow-lapelled sharkskin suits, that felling left and that slaughterhouse right, and that scowl: his badness transcended race.
  • For all his sharkskin suits and his finger-snapping, MacGregor suggests Gig Young more than Rock Hudson, never mind Cary Grant.
  • Menswear bargains include 50 per cent off a Fraser suede blazer at £125, and a Richard James grey sharkskin single-breasted suit at £300.

Words that rhyme with sharkskin

calfskinwelkin

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