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astrachan

[as-truh-kuh n, -kan] /ˈæs trə kən, -ˌkæn/
noun
1.
2.
(initial capital letter) Horticulture. a tart, usually red or yellow variety of apple.

astrakhan

or astrachan

[as-truh-kuh n, -kan] /ˈæs trə kən, -ˌkæn/
noun
1.
a fur of young lambs, with lustrous, closely curled wool, from Astrakhan.
2.
Also called astrakhan cloth. a fabric with curled pile resembling astrakhan fur.
Origin of astrakhan
1760-1770
1760-70
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  • He wore a dark blue silk blouse; and in the streets, on cold days, a short jacket of astrachan fur.

  • Water-melons and grapes are brought from astrachan; great plenty of melons from Moscow; and apples and pears from the Ukraine.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • Workmen were marched by thousands from Kesan, from astrachan, from the Ukraine, to assist in building the city.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • I often met Talbot in the Foreign Office, and one day he drove me to his club wearing a very handsome coat lined with astrachan.

  • She got into her little blue jacket, with its neat collar and cuffs of astrachan.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • This man was about forty, small, and wearing a brown cloth coat, braided and trimmed with astrachan.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Then he left, in a good deal of astrachan collar and nickel-plated limousine, and the place felt less crowded.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • You know these dark blue coats lined with astrachan are quite ordinary, everybody is wearing them this year.

    The Soul Stealer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The man was dressed in a dark blue overcoat, and the collar and cuffs of the coat were heavily trimmed with astrachan fur.

    The Soul Stealer Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Furs alone denote the difference of station, sable or blue fox denoting the mercantile Crœsus, astrachan or sheep-skin his clerk.

British Dictionary definitions for astrachan

astrakhan

/ˌæstrəˈkæn; -ˈkɑːn/
noun
1.
a fur, usually black or grey, made of the closely curled wool of lambs from Astrakhan
2.
a cloth with curled pile resembling this
3.
(modifier) made of such fur or cloth: an astrakhan collar

Astrakhan

/ˌæstrəˈkæn; -ˈkɑːn; Russian ˈastrəxənj/
noun
1.
a city in SE Russia, on the delta of the Volga River, 21 m (70 ft) below sea level. Pop: 507 000 (2005 est)
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