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chamois


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Shammy  \Sham"my\,  n.  [F.  chamious  a  chamois,  shammy  leather.  See 
  {Chamois}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  chamois. 
 
  2.  A  soft,  pliant  leather,  prepared  originally  from  the  skin 
  of  the  chamois,  but  now  made  also  from  the  skin  of  the 
  sheep,  goat,  kid,  deer,  and  calf.  See  {Shamoying}. 
  [Written  also  {chamois},  {shamoy},  and  {shamois}.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chamois  \Cham"ois\,  n.  [F.  chamois,  prob.  fr  OG  gamz,  G. 
  gemse.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  small  species  of  antelope  ({Rupicapra 
  tragus}),  living  on  the  loftiest  mountain  ridges  of 
  Europe,  as  the  Alps,  Pyrenees,  etc  It  possesses 
  remarkable  agility,  and  is  a  favorite  object  of  chase. 
 
  2.  A  soft  leather  made  from  the  skin  of  the  chamois,  or  from 
  sheepskin,  etc.;  --  called  also  {chamois  leather},  and 
  {chammy}  or  {shammy  leather}.  See  {Shammy}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chamois 
  n  1:  a  soft  suede  leather  formerly  from  the  sheep  of  the  chamois 
  antelope  but  now  from  sheepskin  [syn:  {chamois  leather}, 
  {chammy},  {chammy  leather},  {shammy},  {shammy  leather}] 
  2:  hoofed  mammal  of  mountains  of  Eurasia  having  upright  horns 
  with  backward-hooked  tips  [syn:  {Rupicapra  rupicapra}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Chamois,  MO  (city,  FIPS  13060) 
  Location:  38.67715  N,  91.77001  W 
  Population  (1990):  449  (247  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.9  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  65024 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Chamois 
  only  in  Deut.  14:5  (Heb.  zemer),  an  animal  of  the  deer  or 
  gazelle  species.  It  bears  this  Hebrew  name  from  its  leaping  or 
  springing.  The  animal  intended  is  probably  the  wild  sheep  (Ovis 
  tragelephus),  which  is  still  found  in  Sinai  and  in  the  broken 
  ridges  of  Stony  Arabia.  The  LXX.  and  Vulgate  render  the  word  by 
  camelopardus  i.e.,  the  giraffe;  but  this  is  an  animal  of 
  Central  Africa,  and  is  not  at  all  known  in  Syria. 
 




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