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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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 (usually as “chamois leather”) Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).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:    
  4. An absorbent cloth used for cleaning and polishing, formerly made of chamois leather.
    • 1926, Louise de Koven Bowen, Growing Up with a City, University of Illinois Press (ISBN 9780252070440), page 39
      I took them, breathed on them, polished them with a chamois and hung them on the chandelier.
    • 1984, Cruising World, page 158
      Mirrors can be cleaned with warm water and ammonia or vinegar and polished with a chamois.
    • 1989, Popular Mechanics, page 146
      Once your paint has been restored, drying your car with a chamois is just about all you have to do to restore the luster.

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chamois ‎(not comparable)

  1. Chamois-colored.

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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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