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EtymologyEdit

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).

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Rupicapra rupicapra (1)

chamois (countable and uncountable, 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 (usually as “chamois leather”) Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).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, 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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ReferencesEdit

  • Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN

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EtymologyEdit

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).

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chamois m (plural chamois)

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

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