Definition of shahtoosh in English:

shahtoosh

Line breaks: shah|toosh
Pronunciation: /ʃɑːˈtuːʃ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1High-quality wool from the neck hair of the Himalayan ibex.
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    • 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 shahtoosh wool: [as modifier]: a large shahtoosh shawl
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A shawl made from shahtoosh fabric.
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    • The animal is killed illegally to make shawls, called shahtoosh, which can sell for as much as US $11,000 each on the world market.
    • Only the moulted chiru wool was used in the weaving of shahtoosh.

Origin

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

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