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chinkapin

[ching-kuh-pin] /ˈtʃɪŋ kə pɪn/
noun
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Examples from the web for chinkapin
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for chinkapin

chinkapin

/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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Encyclopedia Article for chinkapin

chinquapin

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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