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chamois

[ sham-ee; French sha-mwah ]
/ 藞蕛忙m i; French 蕛a藞mw蓱 /
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noun, plural cham路ois, cham路oix [sham-eez; French sha-mwah]. /藞蕛忙m iz; French 蕛a藞mw蓱/.
verb (used with object), cham路oised [sham-eed], /藞蕛忙m id/, cham路ois路ing [sham-ee-ing]. /藞蕛忙m i 瑟艐/.
to dress (a pelt) with oil in order to produce a chamois.
to rub or buff with a chamois.
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Also chammy, shammy, shamoy (for defs. 2-4, 6, 7).

Origin of chamois

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Middle French, from Late Latin camox, presumably of pre-Latin origin; cf. gems
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British Dictionary definitions for chamois

chamois
/ (藞蕛忙m瑟, French 蕛amwa) /

noun plural -ois
(藞蕛忙mw蓱藧) 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 (藞蕛忙m瑟) a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
(藞蕛忙mw蓱藧)
  1. a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as modifier)a chamois stamp
verb (tr)
to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
to polish with a chamois

Word Origin for chamois

C16: from Old French, from Late Latin camox of uncertain origin
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