chinchilla

noun
chin·chil·la | \chin-ˈchi-lə \

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

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Examples of chinchilla in a Sentence

The collar of the coat is chinchilla.

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The couple was also ordered to relinquish the remaining 49 chinchillas in their possession to HAWS within 30 to 60 days. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinchilla linked to 2015 animal hording incident in Waukesha has been adopted from HAWS for the second time," 13 June 2018 In this way, KrioRus has cryopreserved 61 people and 31 pets, including a cat, a goldfinch, and a chinchilla. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 The chinchillas were in the care of HAWS and remained so. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinchilla linked to 2015 animal hording incident in Waukesha has been adopted from HAWS for the second time," 13 June 2018 Bobby the leopard gecko can store water and food in his tail, while Chilly the chinchilla has up to 80 hairs in each hair follicle. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Preschoolers see – and hear – critters up close during wildlife visit," 17 May 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chinchilla

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chinchilla

Spanish

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chinchilla

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chinchilla

: a small South American animal that has soft gray fur

: the fur of a chinchilla

chinchilla

noun
chin·chil·la | \chin-ˈchi-lə \

Kids Definition of chinchilla

: 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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