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chinchilla

[ chin-chil-uh ]
/ tʃɪnˈtʃɪl ə /
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noun

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.

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Origin of chinchilla

1595–1605; <Spanish, perhaps, equivalent to chinchechinch + -illa<Latin -illa diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for chinchilla

chinchilla
/ (tʃɪnˈtʃɪlə) /

noun

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

C17: from Spanish, perhaps from Aymara
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