chamois

noun
cham·ois | \ ˈsha-mē , sense 1 also sham-ˈwä \
plural chamois also chamoix\sense 1ˈsha-mē(z) orsham-ˈwä(z), senses 2 & 3ˈsha-mēz \

Definition of chamois 

1 : either of two small, agile, goatlike bovids (Rupicapra rupicapra and R. pyrenaica) of mountainous regions from southern Europe to the Caucasus that are often hunted for their meat and hide

2 or less commonly chammy or shammy \ˈsha-mē \ : a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin

3 : a cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather

Examples of chamois in a Sentence

a bucket of water and a chamois

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But Jayme Powers, the executive director of the ceremony and chief operating officer of Special Olympics, said there was never a worry — not even as volunteers shouted for more chamoises with time ticking down until the gates opened. Evan Webeck, The Seattle Times, "A little rain gives Special Olympics USA Games’ opening ceremony a Pacific Northwest feel," 1 July 2018 Higher up near the alpine regions, black pine yields to sheer granite and slate peaks, and chamois, ptarmigan, stoat and marmots peer curiously at visitors, while griffon vultures and golden eagles soar overhead. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 In fall 2016, their first shipment of clothes arrived four months late—the chamois had the elastic waist sewn inside out and all the shorts were one size too large. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "Wild Rye Is Making Our Favorite Women's MTB Apparel," 17 May 2018 Within minutes her hand prints were everywhere, and Andrew envisioned himself trailing her with a chamois cloth and returning things to their primal polish. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Every room is decorated with hunting trophies, from elk, mountain lion, various deer, chamois, lynx and wolves. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "From Small-Town Idaho to the NFL Draft, Leighton Vander Esch Ready to Take the League by Storm," 24 Apr. 2018 The chamois is the padded segment of bike shorts, which helps to cushion a cyclist’s sensitive parts. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women," 15 Apr. 2018 Hunters documented the number of chamois and tahr, exotic species of mountain goat introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th century. New York Times, "At New Zealand Trail Huts, Shelter, Conversation and Community," 14 Feb. 2018 These mountains are also home to one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe — long slopes of beech, fir and spruce trees that support thriving populations of Carpathian chamois (a goat-antelope species) and wild boar. Laura Kiniry, USA TODAY, "Seven once-in-a-lifetime safaris that aren’t in Africa," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of chamois

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chamois

Middle French, from Late Latin camox

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chamois

noun

English Language Learners 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

chamois

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

Kids Definition of chamois

1 : a goatlike animal of the mountains of Europe and Asia

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

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