chin·​qua·​pin | \ ˈchiŋ-ki-ˌpin How to pronounce chinquapin (audio) \
variants: or chinkapin

Definition of chinquapin

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The strongest chinquapins will be chosen for propagation. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, "A legendary Ozark chestnut tree, thought extinct, is rediscovered," 24 June 2019 Most of the trees planted were different types of native oak, including swamp white, burr, red and chinquapin. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "The ash trees are gone and maples are in decline, Homewood boosts its canopy with new oaks, beech trees," 7 June 2019 Fruit and leaf fossils from the site, called Laguna del Hunco, belong to a still-living genus of trees called Castanopsis, or chinquapin, that today is found largely in the mountain rainforests of Southeast Asia. Peter Wilf, National Geographic, "Prehistoric tree is first of its kind found below the Equator," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of chinquapin

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chinquapin

probably modification of Virginia Algonquian chechinquamin chinquapin nut

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“Chinquapin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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