Definitions

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

Etymologies

Spanish, probably of Aymara origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The word chinchilla would have occurred irresistibly to this observer from behind; he might also, if he were the father of a family, have had a fleeting vision of many autographed stubs in a check book.

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  • (Mariette’s last name has been turned invisible to protect the identity of the chinchilla that lives with her, as that chinchilla is a secret agent in the Dominican Republic Secret Engagement Xyloforce.) “You do know Mariette!”

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  • First thing I knew, I was dreaming you and I were being married, and you had brass buttons all over you, and I had the cloak all right, but it was a wedding-dress, and the chinchilla was a wormy sort of orange blossoms, and -- and I waked when the handle of the door turned and the

    In the Bishop's Carriage

  • First thing I knew, I was dreaming you and I were being married, and you had brass buttons all over you, and I had the cloak all right, but it was a wedding-dress, and the chinchilla was a wormy sort of orange blossoms, and -- and I waked when the handle of the door turned and the Bishop got in.

    In The Bishop's Carriage.

  • The chinchilla, which is the typical form of the third family, is known to all, especially ladies, from its delicate soft fur.

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  • The chinchilla is a much more beautiful creature than the viscacha, and is a better-known animal, its soft and beautifully-marbled fur being an article of fashionable wear in the cities of Europe.

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  • Its unusual blonde to near white colouring is the result of a recessive gene, known as chinchilla or colour inhibitor.

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  • The chinchilla was a showstopper — and “a massive mistake,” Lucas writes.

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  • There are pygmy goats, minks, chinchilla, parrots, squirrels, all tended by Colleen and an army of volunteers.

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