shagreen

[shuh-green]
noun
1.
an untanned leather with a granular surface, prepared from the hide of a horse, shark, seal, etc.
2.
the rough skin of certain sharks, used as an abrasive.
adjective
3.
Also, shagreened. resembling, covered with, or made of shagreen.

Origin:
1605–15; < French chagrin, variant of sagrin < Turkish sağrι rump, crupper

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shagreen (ʃæˈɡriːn)
 
n
1.  the rough skin of certain sharks and rays, used as an abrasive
2.  a rough grainy leather made from certain animal hides
 
[C17: from French chagrin, from Turkish çagri rump; also associated through folk etymology with shag1, green]

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At the end of this period, if the shagreen is still stable, the species could be considered for delisting.
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