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chinkapin (ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn)
 
n
a variant spelling of chinquapin

chinquapin, chincapin or chinkapin (ˈtʃɪŋkəpɪn)
 
n
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
 
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut]
 
chincapin, chincapin or chinkapin
 
n
 
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut]
 
chinkapin, chincapin or chinkapin
 
n
 
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Algonquian chechinkamin chestnut]

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chinkapin

any of several species of deciduous trees of the genus Castanea and evergreen trees and shrubs of the genus Castanopsis, both in the beech family (Fagaceae).

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Example sentences
The dwarf chestnut oak is also know as dwarf chinkapin or scrub oak.
Four other rare plant species occur here including the dwarf chinkapin oak, a low-growing oak that forms thickets in prairies.
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