Borrowed from Middle French chamois, from Late Latin camox, from Gaulish camox (5th c. AD, Polemius Silvius), probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ancient Ligurian), possibly Proto-Indo-European *kem (“without horns”). Compare also Old High German gamiza (“chamois”) (whence modern German Gämse).
- Of the color sense (both nominal and adjectival) and of the animal sense (in the singular):
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- Of the animal sense (in the plural):
- Of the color sense (both nominal and adjectival) and of the sense concerning leather (in the singular):
- Of the sense concerning leather (in the plural):
- A short-horned goat antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
- 1831 October 31, Mary W[ollstonecraft] Shelley, chapter I, in Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus (Standard Novels; IX), 3rd edition, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], →OCLC, page 22:
- When my father returned from Milan, he found playing with me in the hall of our villa a child fairer than pictured cherub – a creature who seemed to shed radiance from her looks and whose form and motions were lighter than the chamois of the hills.
- Short for .
- 1825 June 22, [Walter Scott], chapter XVI, in Tales of the Crusaders. […], volume I (The Betrothed), Edinburgh: […] [James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., →OCLC, page 317:
- [H]e seldom donned his armour, substituted costly damask and silk for his war-worn shamoy doublet, and affected at his advanced time of life more gaiety of attire than his contemporaries remembered as distinguishing his early youth.
- The traditional colour of chamois leather.
- 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, 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.
- (cycling) A padded insert which protects the groin from the bicycle saddle.
chamois (not comparable)
- Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN
Inherited from Middle French chamois, from Late Latin camox, from Gaulish camox (5th c. AD, Polemius Silvius), probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ancient Ligurian), possibly Proto-Indo-European *kem (“without horns”).
chamois m (plural chamois)
- “chamois”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
chamois n (uncountable)
- chamois leather