chamois

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

Definition of chamois

plural

chamois

also

chamoix

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 less commonly chammyplay or shammy \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 in a sentence

  1. a bucket of water and a chamois

Origin and Etymology of chamois

Middle French, from Late Latin camox


First Known Use: 1560

Other Fur and Leather Terms


CHAMOIS Defined for English Language Learners

chamois

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

Definition of chamois for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHAMOIS Defined for Kids

chamois

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noun cham·ois \ˈsha-mē\

Definition of chamois for Students

plural

chamois

\-mē, -mēz\
  1. 1 :  a goatlike animal of the mountains of Europe and Asia

  2. 2 :  a soft yellowish leather made from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin


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