from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The curly, wavy wool of young lambs from Astrakhan.
  • n. A fabric with a curly looped pile, made to resemble this fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Closely-curled black or grey fleece of very young karakul lambs from Astrakhan.
  • n. Cloth resembling the above mentioned fur, often made from wool and mohair and used for trimmings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Astrakhan in Russia or its products; made of an Astrakhan skin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to skins with a curled wool (the pelts of young lambs) obtained from Astrakhan in European Russia.
  • n. A rough fabric with a long and closely curled pile in imitation of the fur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city in southwestern Russia on the delta of the Volga River
  • n. the fur of young lambs


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Named from the Central-Asian city and oblast Astrakhan.


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  • The big coat with the astrakhan collar fitted the sleekness of body snugly.

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  • Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch which consisted of a single flaming beryl.

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  • An old object was Juguna: curly hair (resembling grey astrakhan), toothless gums, with the thick underlip projecting an inch or more, and long, slit-distorted ears, the lobes of which rested comfortably on his shoulders and carried on their points some heavy copper ornaments.

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  • Blow it out the hole in your astrakhan coat, you antediluvian bastid.

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  • Ventidius came out to see what all the fuss was about, a solid man who looked his age, tight grey curls turning his pate into something that resembled astrakhan.

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  • The floor-length black astrakhan coat he had made for swanking around the Winter Palace with Putin.

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  • Holmes used this word when he was talking to Simza about the Cossack who wanted to kill her.

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