Pronunciation: (sham'ē; Fr. sha-mwä'), [key]
—n., pl. cham•ois, cham•oixPronunciation: (sham'ēz; Fr. sha-mwä'), [key]
—v., cham•oisedPronunciation: (sham'ēd), [key] cham•ois•ingPronunciation: (sham'ē-ing). [key]
1. an agile, goatlike antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe: now rare in some areas.
2. a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil, esp. fish oil, originally prepared from the skin of the chamois.
3. a piece of this leather.
4. a cotton cloth finished to simulate this leather.
5. a medium to grayish yellow color.
1. to dress (a pelt) with oil in order to produce a chamois.
2. to rub or buff with a chamois. Also,chammy,shammy,shamoy (for defs. 2–4, 6, 7).
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