chaparral

[ shap-uh-ral, chap- ]
/ ˌʃæp əˈræl, ˌtʃæp- /

noun Southwestern U.S.

a dense growth of shrubs or small trees.

Origin of chaparral

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish, equivalent to chaparr(o) evergreen oak (< Basque tshapar) + -al collective suffix
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chaparral

/ (ˌtʃæpəˈræl, ˌʃæp-) /

noun

(in the southwestern US) a dense growth of shrubs and trees, esp evergreen oaks

Word Origin for chaparral

C19: from Spanish, from chaparra evergreen oak
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