Definition of sharkskin in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɑːkskɪn


[mass noun]
  • 1The rough scaly skin of a shark, sometimes used as shagreen.
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    • 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: [as modifier]: his sharkskin suit
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    • 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.

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