chinquapin

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noun chin·qua·pin \ˈchiŋ-ki-ˌpin\
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chinkapin

Definition of chinquapin

  1. 1 :  the edible nut of a chinquapin

  2. 2 :  any of several trees (genera Castanea and Castanopsis); especially :  a dwarf chestnut (Castanea pumila) of the U.S.

Origin and Etymology of chinquapin

probably modification of Virginia Algonquian chechinquamin chinquapin nut


First Known Use: 1612


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