or chin·ca·pin, chin·ka·pin



a shrubby chestnut, Castanea pumila, of the beech family, native to the southeastern U.S., having toothed, oblong leaves and small edible nuts.
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.
the nut of either of these trees.

Nearby words

  1. chinook,
  2. chinook jargon,
  3. chinook salmon,
  4. chinookan,
  5. chinos,
  6. chintz,
  7. chintzy,
  8. chinwag,
  9. chinwangtao,
  10. chiné

Origin of chinquapin

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chinkapin



a variant spelling of chinquapin


chincapin or chinkapin


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

Word Origin for chinquapin

C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut

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