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chamois

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noun cham·ois \ˈsha-mē, sense 1 also sham-ˈwä\

Simple Definition of chamois

  • : a small animal that looks like a goat and that lives on mountains in Europe and western Asia

  • : soft leather that is made from the skin of goats, sheep, or chamois

  • : a piece of chamois used especially for cleaning windows and cars

Full Definition of chamois

plural cham·ois also cham·oix play \sense 1 ˈsha-mē(z) or sham-ˈwä(z), senses 2 & 3 ˈsha-mēz\

  1. 1 :  a small goatlike bovid (Rupicapra rupicapra) of mountainous regions from southern Europe to the Caucasus

  2. 2 also cham·myplay or sham·my \ˈsha-mē\ :  a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin

  3. 3 :  a cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather

Examples of chamois

  1. a bucket of water and a chamois



Origin of chamois

Middle French, from Late Latin camox


First Known Use: 1560

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