chaparral, mesquit, and pear were distributed in just proportions.
After hard fighting in the chaparral, the Mexicans were put to flight.
Wildcats are most common in the chaparral belt where they forage widely from the ridges down into the canyons.
The chaparral being on a little rise, one could not see beyond it.
Surely something was creeping toward him from the chaparral.
The chaparral was dark and silent, and these returned after a fruitless search.
Many a mile they must go every day to gather their fifteen or twenty tons of chaparral and grass.
When you come near the camp, leave your horse in the chaparral.
The hills were covered with chaparral and pine trees and wild flowers galore.
In five minutes he had disappeared, having entered the chaparral.
"shrub thicket," 1850, American English, from Spanish chaparro "evergreen oak," perhaps from Basque txapar "little thicket," diminutive of sapar "heath, thicket."
In Spain, a chaparral is a bush of a species of oak. The termination al signifies a place abounding in; as, chaparral, a place of oak-bushes, almendral, an almond orchard; parral, a vineyard; cafetal, a coffee plantation, etc., etc.
This word, chaparral, has been introduced into the language since our acquisition of Texas and New Mexico, where these bushes abound. It is a series of thickets, of various sizes, from one hundred yards to a mile through, with bushes and briars, all covered with thorns, and so closely entwined together as almost to prevent the passage of any thing larger than a wolf or hare. [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1859]