Definition of chaparral
1 : a thicket of dwarf evergreen oaks; broadly : a dense impenetrable thicket of shrubs or dwarf trees
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
the rabbit darted into the chaparral
Recent Examples of chaparral from the Web
Chaparrals coach Kevin Tyrrell played him in 46 of 55 games.
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Origin and Etymology of chaparral
Spanish, from chaparro dwarf evergreen oak, from Basque txapar
First Known Use: 1845
CHAPARRAL Defined for English Language Learners
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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