Definition of chinchilla
1 : either of two small South American rodents (Chinchilla laniger and C. brevicaudata of the family Chinchillidae) of the high Andes that are the size of large squirrels, have very soft pearly-gray fur, and are extensively bred in captivity; also : the fur of a chinchilla
2 : a heavy twilled woolen coating
Examples of chinchilla in a Sentence
The collar of the coat is chinchilla.
Recent Examples of chinchilla from the Web
By midmorning, the last Boise fire truck had departed, and dazed-looking residents gathered to look at the rubble, compare notes and inventory the pets — numerous dogs and two chinchillas — that live in the building.
Mayweather is the money-minded braggart whose custom Rolls-Royce limousine is lined with chinchilla fur carpeting.
Timid (14284/1695) is one of three chinchillas available for adoption.
Emily, a 2-year-old female gray chinchilla, is available from the Humane Society of Fairfax County.
And what a car for us two chinchillas looking to detox: a 1960 Cadillac El Dorado in ecru with a Coke-bottle red interior.
Others waited in recovery: a hedgehog newly minus one eyeball, and a chinchilla who sacrificed a leg to the bars of her cage.
Animals that may visit are a chinchilla, parrot, armadillo and tortoise, among others.
Mink coats, fox earmuffs, chinchilla scarves are all sixty-five per cent off!
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Origin and Etymology of chinchilla
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
CHINCHILLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chinchilla for English Language Learners
: a small South American animal that has soft gray fur
: the fur of a chinchilla
CHINCHILLA Defined for Kids
Definition of chinchilla for Students
: a South American animal that is a rodent resembling a squirrel and is often raised for its soft silvery gray fur
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