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

: 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

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

Full Definition of CHAMOIS

:  a small goatlike bovid (Rupicapra rupicapra) of mountainous regions from southern Europe to the Caucasus
also cham·my or sham·my \ˈsha-mē\ :  a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin
:  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

Other Fur and Leather Terms

fell, kip
CHAMOIX Defined for Kids


noun cham·ois \ˈsha-mē\
plural cham·ois \-mē, -mēz\

Definition of CHAMOIS for Kids

:  a goatlike animal of the mountains of Europe and Asia
:  a soft yellowish leather made from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin


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