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chaparral Explained

chaparral at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['ʃæpə'ræl]

chaparral at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1850, Amer.Eng., from Sp. chaparro "evergreen oak," perhaps from Basque txapar. ///

chaparral at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Date: 1800-1900; Language: Spanish; Origin: chaparro type of small oak tree, from Basque txapar]// AmE land on which small oak trees grow close together//

chaparral at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Vegetation composed of broad-leaved evergreen shrubs, bushes, and small trees, often forming dense thickets. Chaparral is found in regions with a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The name is applied mainly to the coastal and inland mountain vegetation of SW N. America. Chaparral vegetation becomes extremely dry by late summer. The fires that commonly occur during this period are necessary for the germination of many shrub seeds, and they clear away dense ground cover, thus maintaining the shrubby growth form of the vegetation by preventing the spread of trees. New chaparral growth provides good grazing for domestic livestock, and chaparral vegetation also is valuable for watershed protection in areas with steep, easily eroded slopes.

chaparral at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
[U] (AmE) an area of dry land that is covered with small bushes

Chaparral at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Chaparral \Cha`par*ral"\, n. [Sp., fr. chaparro an evergeen
oak.]
1. A thicket of low evergreen oaks.

2. An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets
of thorny shrubs and brambles.

{Chaparral cock}; fem. {Chaparral hen} (Zo["o]l.), a bird of
the cuckoo family ({Geococcyx Californianus}), noted for
running with great speed. It ranges from California to
Mexico and eastward to Texas; -- called also {road
runner}, {ground cuckoo}, {churea}, and {snake killer}

chaparral at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

chaparral
n : dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes [syn:
{scrub}, {bush}]

chaparral at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » es Inter: term » chaparral|lang=es, from Inter: term » chaparro|lang=es + Inter: term » -al|lang=es, from Inter: etyl » eu Inter: term » txaparro|lang=eu, from Inter: term » txapar|lang=eu, from Inter: term » saphar|lang=eu.

Noun

Inter: en-nou » n
  • A region of shrubs, typically dry in the summer and rainy in the winter. The coast of the Mediterranean is such a region.
    1. 1920, Inter: w » Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter IV
    2. :It was quite dark when, after an arduous climb, the sheriff made his tortuous way through the chaparral to the point where Anthony Garland should be stationed.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » region of shrubs

  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|maquis
  • Greek: Inter: t- » el|θαμνώνες|m|p|tr=thamnónes

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|chaparral|n
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|chaparro|m


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * macchia
  • Inter: pedialit » e

  • Translation: et » chaparral
    Translation: es » chaparral
    Translation: fr » chaparral
    Translation: sv » chaparral
    Translation: ta » chaparral
    Translation: zh » chaparral