Meaning of “chinchilla” in the English Dictionary

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"chinchilla" in British English

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uk /tʃɪnˈtʃɪl.ə/ us /tʃɪnˈtʃɪl.ə/

[ C ] a small South American animal that can be kept as a pet and has very soft, pale grey fur

[ U ] the fur of the chinchilla, used to make expensive coats, etc.:

a jacket trimmed in chinchilla

[ C ] a coat or other piece of clothing made from chinchilla fur:

Not many people can afford a mink or a chinchilla.

Examples from literature

  • Its colour and fur greatly resemble the chinchilla, and I have little doubt that the skin is valuable and might be made an article of trade. 
  • She wore, as usual, her pretty chinchilla furs, but was so closely veiled that he might not have recognised her under any circumstances. 

(Definition of “chinchilla” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)