A chinchilla in a cage.
chinchilla definition by Webster's New World
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- a small rodent (Chinchilla laniger) found in the Andes, but bred extensively elsewhere for its fur
- the expensive, soft, pale-gray fur of this animal
- a variety of Persian cat, typically pure white
Origin: prob. after Chinchilla, Sp town where first madea heavy cloth of wool, or wool and cotton, with a tufted, napped surface, used for making overcoats
Origin: Spanish probably diminutive of chinche: see chinch
chinchilla definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A squirrellike rodent (Chinchilla laniger) native to the mountains of South America and widely raised in captivity for its soft, pale gray fur.b. The fur of this animal.
- A thick twilled cloth of wool and cotton used for overcoats.
Origin: Spanish, probably of Aymara origin.