chamois

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 : 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

  1. a bucket of water and a chamois

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Origin and Etymology of chamois

Medieval French, from Late Latin camox

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CHAMOIS Defined for English Language Learners

chamois

noun

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

noun cham·ois \ ˈsha-mē \

Definition of chamois for Students

plural chamois \-mē, -mēz\
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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