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.
Origin of chinquapin
1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins
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Examples from the Web for chinkapin
Every day there had been a book for her in the chinkapin bushes.Nobody's Child
Over the rocky places we could plant the chinkapin and hazel.
Last year I wished to cross the chinkapin with the white oak.
That hybrid is the only one of my chinkapin group that has blighted at all.
We come back now to Lancaster county to a chinkapin tree, a hybrid 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
Compare water chinquapin
C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut
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