chinchilla

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noun chin·chil·la \chin-ˈchi-lə\

Definition of chinchilla

  1. 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. 2 :  a heavy twilled woolen coating

Examples of chinchilla in a Sentence

  1. The collar of the coat is chinchilla.

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Origin and Etymology of chinchilla

Spanish


CHINCHILLA Defined for English Language Learners

chinchilla

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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

chinchilla

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noun chin·chil·la \chin-ˈchi-lə\

Definition of chinchilla for Students

  1. :  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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