chamois

\ \ [16] The word chamois (the name of a species of Alpine antelope) probably goes back to a language spoken in the Alps before the Romans penetrated northwards. They adopted it as late Latin camox, and in the local Romansch language it is kamuotsch, but the source of the English word is the related French chamois. Its use in the sense ‘soft wash-leather’, as originally made from the skin of the chamois, dates from the 16th century, although the spelling shammy is not recorded before the 17th century.

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  • chamois — [ ʃamwa ] n. m. • 1387; bas lat. camox, mot prélatin 1 ♦ Mammifère ongulé (bovidés) à cornes recourbées, vivant dans les montagnes. Chamois des Pyrénées. ⇒ isard. L agilité du chamois. 2 ♦ Peau préparée du chamois. Par ext. Le côté chair de la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Chamois — Escudo …   Wikipedia Español

  • chamois — s.n. Piele de căprioară, de cerb, de miel sau de oaie, tăbăcită printr un procedeu special şi folosită pentru unele confecţii, pentru spălatul obiectelor metalice şi ca filtru de benzină. [pr.: şamuá] – cuv. fr. Trimis de valeriu, 03.03.2003.… …   Dicționar Român

  • chamois — Adj (Farbbezeichnung) per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Frz. chamois ist die Gemse (aus spl. camox). Das Wort wird zunächst übernommen für ein besonders weiches Gemsen (Ziegen , Schaf )Leder, und nach dessen Farbe wird vor allem eine… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • chamois — CHAMOIS. subst. masc. Espèce de chèvre sauvage, qui vit dans les rochers et dans les montagnes. Il tua, il prit deux chamois. Chamois mâle. Chamois femelle. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit ordinairement De la peau de cet animal corroyée et passée en huile.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Chamois — Cham ois (sh[a^]m m[y^] or sh[.a]*moi ; 277), n. [F. chamois, prob. fr. OG. gamz, G. gemse.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A small species of antelope ({Rupicapra tragus}), living on the loftiest mountain ridges of Europe, as the Alps, Pyrenees, etc. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chamois — (chamois is both the singular and the plural form; it is pronounced [[t]ʃæ̱mwɑː[/t]] for meaning 1 in British English, and [[t]ʃæ̱mi[/t]] for both meanings in American English, and for meaning 2 in British English.) 1) N COUNT Chamois are small… …   English dictionary

  • chamois — or chammy n. pl. chammies [sham′ē] n. chamois [sham′ēz] [Fr < LL camox < a native Alpine word of IE orig.; akin to Gr kemas, young deer: see HIND2] 1. a small goat antelope (Rupicapra rupicapra) of the mountains of Europe and the Caucasus,… …   English World dictionary

  • Chamois — (frz. „Gämse“) steht für: das Leder der Gämse Sämischleder von heller Farbe einen bräunlich gelben Farbton; siehe Naturfarben geographisch: Chamois (Aostatal), einen Ort im Aostatal Chamois (Missouri), Ort in den Vereinigten Staaten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chamois — Chamois, MO U.S. city in Missouri Population (2000): 456 Housing Units (2000): 230 Land area (2000): 0.359529 sq. miles (0.931176 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.021011 sq. miles (0.054418 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.380540 sq. miles (0.985594 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Chamois, MO — U.S. city in Missouri Population (2000): 456 Housing Units (2000): 230 Land area (2000): 0.359529 sq. miles (0.931176 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.021011 sq. miles (0.054418 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.380540 sq. miles (0.985594 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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