Wow, you're right.
I google Chinoise and come up with nothing. Googled an image search, interesting. Then I googled Chinoise Kitchen Utensil and found this website..http://www.ochef.com/390.htm
A Chinoise is a conical strainer used for making perfectly smooth soups and sauces.
Of course, Wikipedia said the same thing.
A Chinoise (sometimes "Chinois") is an extremely fine meshed conical sieve used for straining soups and sauces to produce a very smooth texture. It can also be used to dust pastries with a fine layer of powdered sugar. The term is sometimes confused with a piece of equipment called a "China Cap" which is a conical strainer made of perforated metal the mesh of which is much less fine. It is often accompanied by a conical wooden dowel used to press soft materials through the strainer and performs a similar function to that of a food mill.
Glad to have an alternative to my food mill. I think I'll use this after soaking my figs in port. Although the mesh is a bit large, that might be good. In between the size of my two strainers. Hmm..