- 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
Related Words for chinchillarodent, hare, bunny, buck, cony, capon, doe, cuniculus, cottontail, chinchilla, lapin, coney, lagomorph
Examples from the Web for chinchilla
Historical Examples of 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 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.