chinchilla

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chinchilla small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur
    • n chinchilla a thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton
    • n chinchilla the expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver 15; fox 15 to 25; ermine 150; chinchilla 60 to 100.
    • Chinchilla A heavy, long-napped, tufted woolen cloth.
    • Chinchilla (Zoöl) A small rodent (Chinchilla lanigera), of the size of a large squirrel, remarkable for its fine fur, which is very soft and of a pearly gray color. It is a native of Peru and Chili.
    • Chinchilla The fur of the chinchilla.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chinchilla A small South American rodent quadruped of the genus Chinchilla, especially C. lanigera; a pika-squirrel. The common chinchilla is 9 or 10 inches long, with large rounded ears, long hind legs, 5 toes on the fore feet, a long bushy tail, and beautifully fine pearly-gray pelage, in great repute in furriery.
    • n chinchilla Some related animal of the family Chinchillidæ: as, Cuvier's chinchilla (Lagidium cuvieri).
    • n chinchilla The typical genus of the family Chinchillidæ: synonymous with Eriomys.
    • n chinchilla The fur of these animals, which is used for tippets, muffs, linings to cloaks, pelisses, etc.
    • n chinchilla A thick heavy cloth for women's winter cloaks, with a long napped surface rolled into little tufts, in imitation of chinchilla fur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chinchilla chin-chil′la a small rodent quadruped of South America, valued for its soft gray fur: the fur itself.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

There are two other breeds which come true to colour, but differ in no other respect, namely silver-greys and chinchillas.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
He stopped his companion from the reading of a magazine article about chinchilla breeding in the home.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Around Guapo's neck there hung a small pouch made of the skin of the chinchilla, which beautiful little animal is a native of these parts.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Alice, get your play-hood; this handkerchief is all wet; and, Maud, bring the old chinchilla tippet.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag" by Louisa M. Alcott
Chinchilla is so distinguished-looking.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
The viscachas and chinchillas resemble the rabbit in form and color, but they have shorter ears and long rough tails.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Now this was a comfortable, soft quilted silk cap, with a chinchilla border.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
CHINCHILLA, fertility of, in captivity, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He'll never see Chinchilla to-night, if I'm not mistaken.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
They had pretty red edges and the rest was knitted of chinchilla wool.
"Ruby at School" by Minnie E. Paull
The ordinary chinchilla is about 10 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
The snow is trampled and stained and covered with gray fur as soft and silvery as chinchilla.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
What will you say, I should like to know, when you will have a stove under your 'paddlers,' and a chinchilla boa, like the ogress?
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 1 of 6" by Eugène Sue
The chinchilla around her neck and in her little toque was most becoming.
"The Hillman" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
That's why I chose chinchilla for you.
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine
Now, who was that young woman in chinchilla furs to whom you gave her door key a moment ago?
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
Chinchillas and nutrias are obtained from South America, whence come also civet cats, jaguars, ocelots and pumas.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
The Chinchilla is about nine inches long, its tail being about five inches.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
This little animal possesses fur as soft as the chinchilla.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
Broad prairies in the west blossomed with their chinchilla moustaches and their alfalfa whiskers.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
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In news:

On the plus side are a $320 wardrobe, some electronic equipment, a pet chinchilla and guinea pig valued together at $130, and about $500 in cash.
Chinchilla with your chai .
South Korean cafes are adapting odd twists – such as a side of chinchilla, chow-chow, or flesh-eating fish – to set themselves apart.
Brianna Linkfield properly grasped the chinchilla 's tail and lifted it up for the curious to get a close view of the big-eared, whisker-twitching rodent with the velvety soft fur that also happens to be a winner.
She's raised Louise for the past 3 ½ years and said chinchillas can live up to 20 years.
Costa Rica's Chinchilla Calls for Drug Legalization Debate.
However, 112 days later there were kits (baby chinchillas ) WHAT.
Costa Rica's Chinchilla hits the ground running.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Fresh from a sunny, outdoor inauguration Saturday morning, new Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla wasted no time starting her new job.
Standard & Poor's sees stability in Costa Rica's Chinchilla .
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — In a vote of confidence to the newly elected president Laura Chinchilla , Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said last week that the outlook on Costa Rica's long-term ratings remains stable.
Laura Chinchilla won the Costa Rica election Sunday.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Laura Chinchilla 's four-year To Do list: Reduce extreme poverty.
Chinchilla 's mind matured in left-wing college halls at a time when Costa Rica's neighbors were crumbling into civil war.
Chinchilla Post Office officials aren't budging on the township's request to bring the property into compliance with an ordinance, so supervisors are calling on the land owner to solve the problem.
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In science:

Moya-Aneg´on, F., Vargas-Quesada, B., Herrero-Solana, V., Chinchilla-Rodr´ıguez, Z., Corera- ´Alvarez, E., noz Fern´andez, F.J.M.: A new technique for building maps of large scientific domains based on the co-citation of classes and categories.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
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