Chaparral meaning

shăpə-răl
A region of shrubs, typically dry in the summer and rainy in the winter. The coast of the Mediterranean is such a region.
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An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs, especially in central and southern California.
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A thicket of shrubs, thorny bushes, etc.
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Origin of chaparral

  • Spanish from chaparro evergreen oak from Basque txapar diminutive of saphar thicket

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish chaparral, from chaparro + -al, from Basque txaparro, from txapar, from saphar.

    From Wiktionary