Definition of shahtoosh in English:

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shahtoosh

Pronunciation: /SHäˈto͞oSH/

noun

1High-quality wool from the neck hair of the Himalayan ibex.
Example sentences
  • Unlike other luxurious wools such as cashmere and pashmina, shahtoosh is produced from the fine, inner hairs of the Tibetan antelope - which cannot be shorn from the animal.
  • Poachers have decimated the chiru populations to supply the black market trade in shahtoosh, which is among the world's most expensive wools and is 25 percent finer then cashmere.
  • And the cashmere: you can buy pashmina by the yard and near-shahtoosh - that is, shahtoosh that isn't - but not even an antelope can tell the difference.
1.1Fabric woven from this.
Example sentences
  • Despite your efforts, thousands of shahtoosh shawls are still being woven in Kashmir.
  • In 1999 United States Fish and Wildlife Service officials forced nearly 100 wealthy Manhattan residents to return shahtoosh shawls smuggled into the country.
  • Duplicates of the paper-thin shahtoosh shawls (from Ladakh), which have been banned, are available in the local market.

Origin

Mid 19th century: via Punjabi from Persian šāh 'king' + Kashmiri tośa 'fine shawl material'.

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Syllabification: shah·toosh

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