an agile, goatlike antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe: now rare in some areas.
a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil, especially fish oil, originally prepared from the skin of the chamois.
a piece of this leather.
a cotton cloth finished to simulate this leather.
a medium to grayish yellow color.
to dress (a pelt) with oil in order to produce a chamois.
to rub or buff with a chamois.
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How to use chamois in a sentence
With a synthetic chamois, dip it into the soapy mixture and, with small circles, gently clean the surface of the record.Hints From Heloise: Halloween candy needs a screening by Mom or Dad | Heloise Heloise | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
A warm brushed-fleece interior, ultra-dense foam chamois, and wind- and water-repellent nylon-elastane outer drew us to this bib.
The chamois will get more detergent exposure, and will rinse cleaner.
Let sweaty gear dry out before you toss it in the bin, especially shorts with chamois pads.
We happily wear these long after we’ve yanked off the chamois.
The Mail, helpfully, reports that Pippa has stocked up with special “chamois cream” for the purpose of protecting her butt.
The outside, also, well polished with sweet oil and stale milk, then enveloped in chamois leather.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The sight of the fellow wandering about a garden bareheaded and gloved in yellow chamois leather had begun to affect my nerves.Jaffery | William J. Locke
With weak unsteady steps he paced his room, and looked at the old Swiss chamois-gun above the door.Julian Home | Dean Frederic W. Farrar
You will be glad to hear that Sir John's chamois leather waistcoat fits me quite well.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
The chamois were very wary,—they would send one to look out; but the hunter must be still more wary,—put them off the scent.Rudy and Babette | Hans Christian Andersen
British Dictionary definitions for chamois
(ˈʃæmwɑː) a sure-footed goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, inhabiting mountains of Europe and SW Asia, having vertical horns with backward-pointing tips
a soft suede leather formerly made from the hide of this animal, now obtained from the skins of sheep and goats
Also called: chamois leather, shammy, shammy leather, chammy, chammy leather (ˈʃæmɪ) a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
(as modifier): a chamois stamp
to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
to polish with a chamois
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