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cham·ois

 (shăm′ē)
n. pl. cham·ois (shăm′ēz)
1. Either of two species of agile goat antelopes (Rupicapra rupicapra or R. pyrenaica) of mountainous regions of Europe and western Asia, having upright horns with backward-hooked tips.
2. also cham·my or sham·my (shăm′ē) pl. cham·mies
a. A soft leather made from the hide of these antelopes or of other animals such as deer or sheep.
b. A piece of such leather or of a fabric or material made to resemble it, used as a polishing or drying cloth or in shirts.
3. A moderate to grayish yellow.

[French, from Old French, from Late Latin camōx.]

chamois

(ˈʃæmɪ; French ʃamwa)
n, pl -ois
1. (Animals) a sure-footed goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, inhabiting mountains of Europe and SW Asia, having vertical horns with backward-pointing tips
2. (Animals) a soft suede leather formerly made from the hide of this animal, now obtained from the skins of sheep and goats
3. (Tanning) Also called: chamois leather, shammy, shammy leather, chammy or chammy leather a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
4. (Colours)
a. a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
b. (as modifier): a chamois stamp.
vb (tr)
5. (Tanning) to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
6. to polish with a chamois
[C16: from Old French, from Late Latin camox of uncertain origin]

cham•ois

(ˈʃæm i; for 1 also ʃæmˈwɑ)

n., pl. cham•ois, cham•oix (ˈʃæm iz; for 1 also ʃæmˈwɑ) n.
1. an agile goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe.
2. a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil.
3. a piece of this leather.
4. a cotton cloth simulating this leather.
v.t.
5. to dress (a pelt) to produce chamois.
6. to rub or buff with a chamois.
Also, chammy , shammy (for defs. 2–4, 6, 7).
[1525–35; < Middle French < Late Latin camox]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chamois - a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskinchamois - a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
wash leather - piece of chamois used for cleaning and polishing
2.chamois - hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tipschamois - hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tips
goat antelope - bovid related to goats but having antelope-like features: mountain goats; gorals; serows; chamois; gnu goats
Translations
جِلْدُ ظَبْيِ الجِبالظَبْيُ الجِبال
jelenicekamzíksemiš
gemsevaskeskind
ĉamo
gemssisäämiskä
zerge
gemsavaskaskinn
gemzėzomša
kalnu kazazamšāda
jelenicakamzík
gams
gems
dağ keçisigüderi

chamois

N
1. [ˈʃæmwɑː] (Zool) → gamuza f
2. [ˈʃæmɪ] (also chamois leather) → gamuza f

chamois

[ˈʃæmi ˈʃæmwɑː] nchamois mchamois leather npeau f de chamois

chamois

n
(= leather)Gamsleder nt; a chamois (leather)ein Ledertuch nt, → ein Fensterleder nt
(Zool) → Gämse f

chamois

[ˈʃæmwɑː] n (Zool) → camoscio

chamois

(ˈʃӕmwaː) , ((American) ˈʃami) plural ˈchamois noun
1. a small antelope living in mountainous country.
2. (also shammy (ˈʃӕmi) plural ˈshammies) (a piece of) soft washing leather originally made from its skin.
References in classic literature ?
He lives on the sea, as prairie cocks in the prairie; he hides among the waves, he climbs them as chamois hunters climb the Alps.
This was, that the lauded chamois is not a wild goat; that it is not a horned animal; that it is not shy; that it does not avoid human society; and that there is no peril in hunting it.
Yes," said the pushmi-pullyu--"to the Abyssinian Gazelles and the Asiatic Chamois --on my mother's side.
In three days 52 chamois and 79 stags and deer fell to 19 single-barrelled rifles, the Emperor allowing no more on this occasion.
Just at the moment when they were taking the dainty animal from the spit, they saw Edmond springing with the boldness of a chamois from rock to rock, and they fired the signal agreed upon.
He strewed a good thick bed of rushes upon the floor, and on the top of this he threw the shaggy chamois skin--a great thick one--on which he used to sleep by night.
This usually consists of a gray surcoat and leggins of the dressed skin of the antelope, resembling chamois leather, and embroidered with porcupine quills brilliantly dyed.
The money was contained in a bag of chamois leather, of respectable dimensions, which my banker had given me, and Miss Tita had to make a big fist to receive it.
The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak and laid it on the table.
With such a weapon a marksman would find no difficulty in lodging a bullet in the eye of a chamois at the distance of two thousand paces.
With a pendulum-like swoop through the crowd, that sent people flying right and left the grapnel came to earth again, tried for and missed a stout gentleman in a blue suit and a straw hat, smacked away a trestle from under a stall of haberdashery, made a cyclist soldier in knickerbockers leap like a chamois, and secured itself uncertainly among the hind-legs of a sheep--which made convulsive, ungenerous efforts to free itself, and was dragged into a position of rest against a stone cross in the middle of the place.
In a corresponding cupboard, with the door wide open, there hung in loose folds a shirt (as I took it to be) of chamois leather.