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chinquapin

or chincapin, chinkapin

[ching-kuh-pin] /ˈtʃɪŋ kə pɪn/
noun
1.
a shrubby chestnut, Castanea pumila, of the beech family, native to the southeastern U.S., having toothed, oblong leaves and small edible nuts.
2.
Also called golden chinquapin. a Pacific coast evergreen tree, Castanopsis chrysophylla, of the beech family, having deeply furrowed bark, dark green lance-shaped leaves, and inedible nuts.
3.
the nut of either of these trees.
Origin of chinquapin
Virginia Algonquian
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins
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  • They went out by the north gate, through the woods, across chincapin Creek, and so on to the farmhouse.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • She resolved to take a long walk through the woods, even so far as chincapin Creek, a mile and a half away.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • They had now reached chincapin Creek bridge, and all had come to a stop.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Before reaching chincapin Creek it turned off to the left and took the road to the railway station.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • The first camp was in a clump of chincapin brush at Stone Corral.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
British Dictionary definitions for chincapin

chincapin

/ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of chinquapin

chinquapin

/ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn/
noun
1.
a dwarf chestnut tree, Castanea pumila, of the eastern US, yielding edible nuts
2.
Also called giant chinquapin. a large evergreen fagaceous tree, Castanopsis chrysophylla, of W North America
3.
the nut of either of these trees
Word Origin
C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut
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