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chinquapin

or chin·ca·pin, chin·ka·pin

[ching-kuh-pin]
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noun
  1. a shrubby chestnut, Castanea pumila, of the beech family, native to the southeastern U.S., having toothed, oblong leaves and small edible nuts.
  2. Also called golden chinquapin. a Pacific coast evergreen tree, Castanopsis chrysophylla, of the beech family, having deeply furrowed bark, dark green lance-shaped leaves, and inedible nuts.
  3. the nut of either of these trees.
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Origin of chinquapin

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins
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Examples from the Web for chincapin

Historical Examples

  • They had now reached Chincapin Creek bridge, and all had come to a stop.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • The first camp was in a clump of chincapin brush at Stone Corral.

    True Bear Stories

    Joaquin Miller

  • She resolved to take a long walk through the woods, even so far as Chincapin Creek, a mile and a half away.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • Before reaching Chincapin Creek it turned off to the left and took the road to the railway station.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • They went out by the north gate, through the woods, across Chincapin Creek, and so on to the farmhouse.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth


British Dictionary definitions for chincapin

chincapin

noun
  1. a variant spelling of chinquapin
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chinquapin

chincapin or chinkapin

noun
  1. a dwarf chestnut tree, Castanea pumila, of the eastern US, yielding edible nuts
  2. Also called: giant chinquapin a large evergreen fagaceous tree, Castanopsis chrysophylla, of W North America
  3. the nut of either of these trees
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Word Origin

C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut
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