or chin·ca·pin, chin·ka·pin

  1. a shrubby chestnut, Castanea pumila, of the beech family, native to the southeastern U.S., having toothed, oblong leaves and small edible nuts.
  2. 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.
  3. the nut of either of these trees.

Origin of chinquapin

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for chinkapin


  1. a variant spelling of chinquapin


chincapin or chinkapin

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

Word Origin for chinquapin

C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut
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