chaparro

noun cha·par·ro \shəˈpä(ˌ)rō, ch-\

Definition of chaparro

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a Mexican oak (Quercus reticulata) with close-grained hard brown wood

  2. 2 or chaparro prieto :  a Mexican acacia (Acacia amentacea) with sweet-scented yellow flowers

  3. 3 :  a tropical American tree (Curatella americana) of the family Dilleniaceae distinguished by very rough leaves that are widely used for polishing and scouring —called also sandpaper tree

  4. 4 :  any of several trees of the genus Byrsonima most of which have edible fruits and bark useful for tanning

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Origin and Etymology of chaparro

American Spanish, from Spanish, dwarf evergreen oak


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