from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A squirrellike rodent (Chinchilla laniger) native to the mountains of South America and widely raised in captivity for its soft, pale gray fur.
- n. The fur of this animal.
- n. A thick twilled cloth of wool and cotton used for overcoats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, nocturnal rodent of the genus Chinchilla, native to the Andes, prized for its very soft fur and also often kept as a pet.
- n. The fur of a chinchilla used for clothing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small rodent (Chinchilla lanigera), of the size of a large squirrel, remarkable for its fine fur, which is very soft and of a pearly gray color. It is a native of Peru and Chili.
- n. The fur of the chinchilla.
- n. A heavy, long-napped, tufted woolen cloth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small South American rodent quadruped of the genus Chinchilla, especially C. lanigera; a pika-squirrel.
- n. Some related animal of the family Chinchillidæ: as, Cuvier's chinchilla (Lagidium cuvieri).
- n. The typical genus of the family Chinchillidæ: synonymous with Eriomys.
- n. The fur of these animals, which is used for tippets, muffs, linings to cloaks, pelisses, etc.
- n. A thick heavy cloth for women's winter cloaks, with a long napped surface rolled into little tufts, in imitation of chinchilla fur.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton
- n. the expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla
- n. small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur
Spanish, probably of Aymara origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)