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cham·ois(shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, shăm′ē)
n. pl. cham·ois (shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, 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. (shăm′ē) also cham·my or sham·my 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. (shăm′wä′, shăm′wä′, shăm′ē) A moderate to grayish yellow.
[French, from Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin camōx, of pre-Roman Alpine origin and perhaps ultimately from Celtic *kambo-, crooked (in reference to the hooked horns of the chamois; compare Old Irish and Middle Welsh camm, crooked).]
n, pl -mies
informal a piece of chamois leather used for polishing
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]
Past participle: chammied
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|Noun||1.||chammy - 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