English - Etymology
Borrowing from French en chamois, from Gaulish camox (5th c., Polemius Silvius), probably from an extinct Alpine language (Raetic, Ligurian). Compare also Old High German gamiza (“chamois”) (whence modern German Gämse).
English - Pronunciation
- Of the chromatic sense (both nounal and adjectival) and of the caprine sense (in the singular):
- Of the caprine sense (in the plural):
- Of the chromatic sense (both nounal and adjectival) and of the sense concerning leather (in the singular):
- Rhymes: -æmi
- Of the sense concerning leather (in the plural):
English - Noun
- A short-horned goat antelope native to mountainous terrain in southern Europe; Rupicapra rupicapra.
- (Usually as “chamois leather”) Soft pliable leather originally made from the skin of chamois (nowadays the hides of deer, sheep, and other species of goat are alternatively used).
- The traditional colour of chamois leather.
English - Adjective
French - Etymology
French - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ʃa.mwa/