chamois

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Borrowing from French en chamois, from Gaulish camox (5th c., Polemius Silvius), probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ligurian). Compare also Old High German gamiza ("chamois") (whence modern German Gämse).

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chamois (not comparable)

  1. Chamois-coloured.

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Rupicapra rupicapra (1)

chamois (plural chamois)

  1. A short-horned goat antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
  2. (Usually as “chamois leather”) Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).
  3. The traditional colour of chamois leather.
    chamois colour:    

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin camōx, camōcis (5th c.), from Gaulish, probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ligurian).

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chamois m (plural chamois)

  1. chamois (animal)
  2. chamois (leather)

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