[ shap-uh-ral, chap- ]
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nounSouthwestern U.S.
  1. 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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How to use chaparral in a sentence

  • Under his pony's bridle he had tucked some sprigs of chaparral to keep away the deer flies.

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  • The impetuous Gila rolled along its yellowish stream between two banks clothed with wood and thick chaparral.

British Dictionary definitions for chaparral


/ (ˌtʃæpəˈræl, ˌʃæp-) /

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

Origin of chaparral

C19: from Spanish, from chaparra evergreen oak

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