Definition of chinchilla noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪnˈtʃɪlə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪnˈtʃɪlə//
    Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1 [countable] an animal like a rabbit with soft silver-grey fur. Chinchillas are often kept on farms for their fur. See related entries: Domesticated mammals
  2. 2 [uncountable] the skin and fur of the chinchilla, used for making expensive coats, etc.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Spanish, from Aymara or Quechua.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chinchilla