astrakhan cloth

astrakhan

[as-truh-kuhn, -kan]
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.
Also, astrachan.


Origin:
1760–70

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astrakhan (ˌæstrəˈkæn, -ˈkɑːn)
 
n
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)
 
n
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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