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Variant of chamois..
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n, pl -mies
(Tanning) informal another word for chamois3 Also called: shammy leather
[C18: variant, influenced by the pronunciation, of chamois]
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(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.
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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shammy - a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskinshammy - 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
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[ˈʃæmɪ] Ngamuza f
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shammy (leather)

nLedertuch nt, → Fensterleder nt
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chamois [ˈʃæmɪ] n (also shammy leather) → pelle f di camoscio
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And there she stood, one hand gripping the magnificently bristled yard brush that I had bought a year ago in the finest shop in town, which still sells mops, pails, pegs, hobbyhorses, shammy leathers, wind-up clocks, eggtimers, dish cloths, barrows and bike pumps, all behind its lime green door.
'I asked her husband, John, what he would like me to bring and he asked for shammy leathers,' she says.
Then a woman in a head-scarf puffs in from the bitter wind and asks for a shammy leather, so that her friend's husband in Australia can put a British shine on their windows.