a smooth fabric of acetate or rayon with a dull or chalklike appearance, for apparel.
a fine worsted fabric in twill weave, compact in texture and light to medium in weight, for suits.

1850–55; shark1 + skin Unabridged
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sharkskin (ˈʃɑːkˌskɪn)
a smooth glossy fabric of acetate rayon, used for sportswear, etc

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Sharkskin was used for sanding, red ochre for staining, and abalone for inlay and embellishment.
Such crust, often called sharkskin, forms on relatively cool lava that has been stored in inflating flow before seeing daylight.
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