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
The blaze is burning in thick chaparral that has not seen a fire in more than 40 years.
Two other buildings burned in San Luis Obispo County, where the fire is 65 percent contained after scorching 2 ½ -square miles of grass and 12-foot-high chaparral.
Near Big Bear, firefighters battled an 850-acre wildfire that erupted Monday afternoon and swiftly burned through grass and chaparral.
Chaparrals coach Kevin Tyrrell played him in 46 of 55 games.
Continuing on, the trail dipped into the forest of spruce and chaparral.
It is believed to have formed naturally, with white sage growing in soil consisting of light gray granite and white quartz that contrasts with the surrounding chaparral and greasewood.
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Origin and Etymology of chaparral
Spanish, from chaparro dwarf evergreen oak, from Basque txapar
First Known Use: 1845See Words from the same year
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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