cha·​par·​ro | \ shəˈpä(ˌ)rō, ch- \
plural -s

Definition of chaparro

1 : a Mexican oak (Quercus reticulata) with close-grained hard brown wood
2 or chaparro prieto : a Mexican acacia (Acacia amentacea) with sweet-scented yellow flowers
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 : any of several trees of the genus Byrsonima most of which have edible fruits and bark useful for tanning

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History and Etymology for chaparro

American Spanish, from Spanish, dwarf evergreen oak

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“Chaparro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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