- a small, South American rodent, Chinchilla laniger, raised for its soft, silvery gray fur: now rare in the wild.
- the fur of this animal.
- something, as a coat or jacket, made of chinchilla fur: a floor-length chinchilla.
- a thick, napped, woolen fabric for coats.
Origin of chinchilla
Examples from the Web for chinchilla
The chinchilla, another rodent, is very common in the fields and esteros.The Western World
Had I done this, when I was choosing my chinchilla cap and grey cloak?Daisy
It occurred to her, also, that the velvet and chinchilla simply shouted "Money!"Angel Unawares
C. N. Williamson
He has got a big name for the fur, and expects to cut out Chinchilla with it.Dariel
R. D. Blackmore
I read how there's a big market for chinchilla skins right now.The Jack-Knife Man
Ellis Parker Butler
- a small gregarious hystricomorph rodent, Chinchilla laniger, inhabiting mountainous regions of South America: family Chinchillidae. It has a stocky body and is bred in captivity for its soft silvery grey fur
- the highly valued fur of this animal
- mountain chinchilla or mountain viscacha any of several long-tailed rodents of the genus Lagidium, having coarse poor quality fur
- a breed of rabbit with soft silver-grey fur
- a thick napped woollen cloth used for coats
Word Origin and History for chinchilla
small South American rodent, 1590s, from Spanish, literally "little bug," diminutive of chinche (see chinch); perhaps a folk-etymology alteration of a word from Quechua or Aymara.