chinquapin

or chin·ca·pin, chin·ka·pin

[ ching-kuh-pin ]
/ ˈtʃɪŋ kə pɪn /

noun

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 gold·en chin·qua·pin . 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.

QUIZZES

DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!

We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of chinquapin

First recorded in 1605–15, Americanism; from Virginia Algonquian (English spelling) chechinquamins
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for chinquapin

British Dictionary definitions for chinquapin

chinquapin

chincapin or chinkapin

/ (ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012