astrakhan or as·tra·chan [as-truh-kuh n, -kan] ExamplesWord Origin 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 First recorded in 1760–70 Astrakhan [as-truh-kan; Russian uh-struh-khahn] noun

  1. a city in the S Russian Federation in Europe, at the mouth of the Volga.

Examples from the Web for astrakhan Contemporary Examples of astrakhan

  • Clearly somebody hates journalists who ask questions about the Russian army fighting in Ukraine, and not only in Astrakhan.

    Violent Assaults on Reporters in Russia Go Unpunished

    Anna Nemtsova

    September 18, 2014

  • And they may be swaddled in astrakhan when you see them, but not all fashion bloggers have had it easy.

    Have Fashion Bloggers Gone Too Far?

    Isabel Wilkinson

    February 18, 2013

  • And it was fur of every variety: brushed mohair, alpaca, ponyhair, and astrakhan.

    Battle of the Giant Furry Mittens: Wang v. Altuzarra

    Isabel Wilkinson

    February 10, 2013

  • Historical Examples of astrakhan

  • These men had the red stars on their Astrakhan caps and red triangles on their sleeves.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • We’ll go to Astrakhan for fish in the spring, and toward autumn I’ll send you to school!

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • From this point the river is navigable for over two thousand miles to Astrakhan.

    Foot-prints of Travel

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • The better ones are trimmed at the collar and cuffs with astrakhan.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • It was also present to a slight extent in the Caucasus and in Astrakhan.

    The Popular Science Monthly, October, 1900


  • British Dictionary definitions for astrakhan astrakhan 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 clothan astrakhan collar

    Astrakhan 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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