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tʃɪnˈtʃɪl əchin·chilla

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chinchillanoun

    the expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla

  2. chinchillanoun

    a thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton

  3. chinchilla, Chinchilla lanigernoun

    small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur


  1. chinchillanoun

    A small, nocturnal rodent of the genus Chinchilla, native to the Andes, prized for its very soft fur and also often kept as a pet.

  2. chinchillanoun

    The fur of a chinchilla used for clothing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chinchillanoun

    a small rodent (Chinchilla lanigera), of the size of a large squirrel, remarkable for its fine fur, which is very soft and of a pearly gray color. It is a native of Peru and Chili

    Etymology: [Sp.]

  2. Chinchillanoun

    the fur of the chinchilla

    Etymology: [Sp.]

  3. Chinchillanoun

    a heavy, long-napped, tufted woolen cloth

    Etymology: [Sp.]


  1. Chinchilla

    Chinchillas are crepuscular rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels, native to the Andes mountains in South America. They live in colonies at high altitudes. Historically, they lived in the Andes of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, but today colonies in the wild remain only in Peru and Chile. Along with their relatives, viscachas, they make up the family Chinchillidae. The animal is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore its dense, velvet-like fur. By the end of the 19th century, chinchillas had become quite rare due to hunting for their ultra-soft fur. Most chinchillas currently used by the fur industry for clothing and other accessories are farm-raised.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chinchilla

    chin-chil′la, n. a small rodent quadruped of South America, valued for its soft gray fur: the fur itself. [Sp.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Chinchilla

    a rodent of S. America, hunted for its fur, which is soft and of a grey colour; found chiefly in the mountainous districts of Peru and Chile.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chinchilla

    A genus of the family Chinchillidae which consists of three species: C. brevicaudata, C. lanigera, and C. villidera. They are used extensively in biomedical research.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chinchilla in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chinchilla in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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