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Chinchilla   /tʃɪntʃˈɪlə/   Listen
Chinchilla

noun
1.
The expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla.
2.
A thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton.
3.
Small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur.  Synonym: Chinchilla laniger.



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"Chinchilla" Quotes from Famous Books



... river-hog of the Rio de la Plata),—which is preyed on by the jaguar. Though a near ally of the little guinea-pig, it is as large as a hog. Amongst the more interesting rodents may be mentioned beavers,[11] the fur-bearing chinchilla, the jerboa (Dipus), the musk-rat (Fiber), and the rat-mole (Spalax). The jerboa has very long hind legs, and a habit of jumping, so that it resembles superficially (but not really) a small kangaroo. The Spalax is quite blind, and has the burrowing habit, and somewhat the ...
— The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879 • Various



Words linked to "Chinchilla" :   rat chinchilla, rodent, pelt, fur, coating, gnawer



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