Chamois. The KJV has “chamois” for the goat or antelope of (Deuteronomy 14:5). The chamois (“goat antelope”) of Europe never lived in Palestine. Since the Hebrews were allowed to eat this animal, it must have been very familiar in their country. It may have been a wild goat (ibex?) or a type of wild mountain sheep. Also see Sheep.
CHAMOIS. Not the well-known mountain goat of southern Europe, but probably a variety of wild sheep, resembling a goat, and still found in Arabia Petraea, Deut 14:5.
Chamois. Only in Deut 14:5 (Heb. zemer), an animal of the deer or gazelle species. It bears this Hebrew name from its leaping or springing. The animal intended is probably the wild sheep (Ovis tragelephus), which is still found in Sinai and in the broken ridges of Stony Arabia. The LXX. and Vulgate render the word by camelopardus, i.e., the giraffe; but this is an animal of Central Africa, and is not at all known in Syria.