noun Southwestern U.S.
- chap stick,
- chaparral bird,
- chaparral cock,
- chaparral lily,
- chaparral pea,
Origin of chaparral
Examples from the Web for chaparral
As we emerged from the chaparral Morgan was but a few yards in advance.The Best Ghost Stories|Various
When they came to the edge of the chaparral they knelt among the bushes and listened.The Texan Scouts|Joseph A. Altsheler
Intentionally he had permitted Felicia to keep the lead in the race through the chaparral.Frank Merriwell's Triumph|Burt L. Standish
The favorite haunts of this lily are high and inaccessible ridges, among the chaparral, or under the live-oak or redwood.
When the chaparral, or dense shrubby growth of our mountain-sides, is composed entirely of Adenostoma, it is called chamisal.
Word Origin for 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]