- a small goat antelope (Rupicapra rupicapra) of the mountains of Europe and the Caucasus, having straight horns with the tips bent backward
- also sp. cham′my
- soft leather made from its skin or from the skin of sheep, deer, goats, etc.
- a piece of this leather, used as a polishing cloth
Origin of chamoisFrench from Late Latin camox from a native Alpine word of Indo-European origin, originally ; akin to Classical Greek kemas, young deer: see hind
- made of chamois
transitive verbcham′oised , cham′ois·ing