Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extremely agile goat antelope (Rupicapra rupicapra) of mountainous regions of Europe, having upright horns with backward-hooked tips.
  • n. A soft leather made from the hide of this animal or other animals such as deer or sheep.
  • n. A piece of such leather, or a cotton fabric made to resemble it, used as a polishing cloth or in shirts.
  • n. A moderate to grayish yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Chamois-coloured.
  • n. A short-horned goat antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
  • n. Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).
  • n. The traditional colour of chamois leather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small species of antelope (Rupicapra tragus), living on the loftiest mountain ridges of Europe, as the Alps, Pyrenees, etc. It possesses remarkable agility, and is a favorite object of chase.
  • n. A soft leather made from the skin of the chamois, or from sheepskin, etc.; -- called also chamois leather, and chammy or shammy leather. See Shammy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tan or dress by means of repeated oiling and milling.
  • n. A species of goat-like or capriform antelope, Rupicapra tragus, formerly Antilope rupicapra, inhabiting high inaccessible mountains in Europe and western Asia.
  • n. A kind of soft leather made from various skins dressed with fish-oil: so called because first prepared from the skin of the chamois. In recent times it has been largely used for warm underclothing. See wash-leather.
  • n. A very soft leather made from sheepskin; the flesh side of split sheepskin (the grain side being used for fancy leather).
  • n. In textile coloring, a name sometimes applied to iron buff because of its resemblance in color to chamois-skin. See iron buff, under buff, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin
  • n. hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tips

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Late Latin camōx.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chamois, from Gaulish camox (5th c., Polemius Silvius), probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ligurian). Compare also Old High German gamiza ("chamois"; > Modern German Gämse). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On Lammergeiers, Berridge (1934) wrote ‘A favourite method of dealing with [ibex and chamois] is to swoop down suddenly upon a prospective victim that may be poised somewhat insecurely upon the steep hillside, so that the startled beast loses its foot-hold, and goes tumbling to death in the ravine below’ (p. 219).

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  • I've found a Gungan-skin chamois to work quite well, too.

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  • There were many diamonds wrapped in chamois skin that were larger than those in the first handful.

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  • There were many diamonds wrapped in chamois-skin that were larger than those in the first handful.

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  • First, a little history, Back in the day when only BGW and I are old enough to remember, the chamois was called the chamois because it was actually made out of chamios, and after enough washings, the leather would become stiff and hard.

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  • Now this pad, known as the chamois, is form-fitting.

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  • Note that Sham Wow! is a great play on the word chamois (pronounced 'shammee ") since Sham Wow! is a sham / fake of real chamois, a leather made from super soft sheep and lamb skin.

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  • I was indifferent, for the chamois is a creature that will neither bite me nor abide with me; but to calm Harris, we went to the Hotel des Alpes.

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  • HUNTING CHAMOIS THE TRUE WAY called chamois-skin is another fraud; nobody could skin a chamois, it is too small.

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  • The article of commerce called chamois-skin is another fraud; nobody could skin a chamois, it is too small.

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