noun (plural same /ˈSHamēz/)
- 1 an agile goat-antelope with short hooked horns, found in mountainous areas of Europe from Spain to the Caucasus.
- Genus Rupicapra, family Bovidae: R. rupicapra (of the Alps, East, and southeastern Europe), and R. pyrenaica (of the Pyrenees and Apennines, also called izard)
mid 16th century: from French, of unknown ultimate origin
Remember that chamois (a French word) begins with ch- and ends with -ois; the spelling is very different from the way it is said.