chaparral

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noun chap·ar·ral \ˌsha-pə-ˈral, -ˈrel\

Definition of chaparral

  1. 1 :  a thicket of dwarf evergreen oaks; broadly :  a dense impenetrable thicket of shrubs or dwarf trees

  2. 2 :  an ecological community composed of shrubby plants adapted to dry summers and moist winters that occurs especially in southern California

Examples of chaparral in a sentence

  1. the rabbit darted into the chaparral

Origin and Etymology of chaparral

Spanish, from chaparro dwarf evergreen oak, from Basque txapar


First Known Use: 1845


CHAPARRAL Defined for English Language Learners

chaparral

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noun chap·ar·ral \ˌsha-pə-ˈral, -ˈrel\

Definition of chaparral for English Language Learners

  • : an area of dry land especially in southern California that is covered with bushes and short trees



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