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[chin-chil-uh] /tʃɪnˈtʃɪl ə/

a small, South American rodent, Chinchilla laniger, raised for its soft, silvery gray fur: now rare in the wild.
the fur of this animal.
something, as a coat or jacket, made of chinchilla fur:
a floor-length chinchilla.
a thick, napped, woolen fabric for coats.
a small gregarious hystricomorph rodent, Chinchilla laniger, inhabiting mountainous regions of South America: family Chinchillidae. It has a stocky body and is bred in captivity for its soft silvery grey fur
the highly valued fur of this animal
mountain chinchilla, mountain viscacha, any of several long-tailed rodents of the genus Lagidium, having coarse poor quality fur
a breed of rabbit with soft silver-grey fur
a thick napped woollen cloth used for coats

small South American rodent, 1590s, from Spanish, literally “little bug,” diminutive of chinche (see chinch); perhaps a folk-etymology alteration of a word from Quechua or Aymara.


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