• WordNet 3.6
    • n chamois hoofed mammal of mountains of Eurasia having upright horns with backward-hooked tips
    • n chamois a soft suede leather formerly from the skin of the chamois antelope but now from sheepskin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chamois (Zoöl) 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.
    • Chamois 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chamois A species of goat-like or capriform antelope, Rupicapra tragus, formerly Antilope rupicapra, inhabiting high inaccessible mountains in Europe and western Asia. Its size is about that of a well-grown goat, and it is so agile that it can clear at a bound crevices 16 or 18 feet wide. The chamois is one of the most wary of antelopes, and possesses the power of scenting man at an almost incredible distance, so that the hunting of it is an occupation of extreme difficulty and much danger. Its skin is made into a soft leather.
    • n chamois A kind of soft leather made from various skins dressed with fish-oil: so called because first prepared from the skin of the chamois. In recent times it has been largely used for warm underclothing. See wash-leather.
    • n chamois A very soft leather made from sheepskin; the flesh side of split sheepskin (the grain side being used for fancy leather). This is the so-called ‘chamois-skin’ sold in the shops. Probably no genuine chamois-skins are used commercially.
    • n chamois In textile coloring, a name sometimes applied to iron buff because of its resemblance in color to chamois-skin. See iron buff, under buff, n.
    • chamois To tan or dress by means of repeated oiling and milling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chamois sha′moi or sham′waw a goat-like species or genus of antelope inhabiting the Alps and other high mountains of southern and central Europe: a soft kind of leather originally made from its skin.
    • n Chamois sha′moi or sham′waw, a goat-like species or genus of antelope inhabiting the Alps and other high mountains of southern and central Europe: a soft kind of leather originally made from its skin.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chamois, prob. fr. OG. gamz, G. gemse,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Teut.; cf. mod. Ger. gemse, a chamois.


In literature:

The chamois bag contained a portion of the jewels stolen from the pavilion of Monsieur Lausch.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
We chamois hunters are poor men, living roughly.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
Deer of course, everywhere; and chamois, and all that.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
It will also be well to make a chamois block for applying the crayon sauce, to be worked with the tortillon stump.
"Crayon Portraiture" by Jerome A. Barhydt
With his chamois-gloved hands that new guy fanned the ancient flame.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
When it was done they washed it in hot water, wiped it dry, and polished it well with the chamois, and it shone like new.
"A Little Housekeeping Book for a Little Girl" by Caroline French Benton
She opened the box and discovered a bulky chamois bag packed in with tissue paper.
"Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School" by Dorothy Whitehill
M. Charles entered, clad in a fur-lined overcoat, fur cap and yellow chamois gloves.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Up and down the ravines we scrambled and roamed, as happy as goats or wild chamois.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
Chamois were plentiful in the area but are now extremely rare.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe

In poetry:

Where the sharp rock the Chamois treads,
Or, slippery summit scales;
Or where the whitening Snow-bird spreads
Her plumes to icy gales:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
The sea will claim its own; and some shall mourn;
They also, they, but yet will surely go;
So surely as the planet to its bourne,
The chamois to his snow.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
SEE where on Alpine heights the hunter keen
Follows the feather-footed chamois's flight,
Now on the brink of fearful abyss seen,
Now proudly gazing from the slippery height.
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre
Too happy if at length his prize he gain,
The fleet chamois--whose wild, disdainful eye,
Whose graceful form, whose slender feet are vain--
The hunter's glory is to bid him die!
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre
Look on the white Alps round!
If yet, along their steeps,
Our children's fearless feet may bound,
Free as the chamois leaps:
Teach them in song to bless the band
Amidst whose mossy graves we stand!
"Swiss Song, On The Anniversary Of An Ancient Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
But even then I saw before my feet
A line of pointed footprints in the snow:
Some roving chamois, but an hour ago,
Had passed this way along his journey fleet,
And left a message from a friend unknown
To cheer my pilgrim-heart, no more alone.
"The Snow-Field" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

The Fatima Lady Comets clinched the Show-Me Conference championship with a 59-35 win over Chamois on Tuesday.
Shirley was born August 10, 1935 in Chamois, MO to William and Matilda Eickoff Cramer.
Frasier was born Aug 10, 1935, in Chamois, Mo.
She graduated from Chamois High School in 1953.
The former Ruby Bryan was born in Chamois, Mo.