cham·ois /ˈʃæmi, ||ʃæmˈwɑ/
1. Zool. 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.]
1. Zool. 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.
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]
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.