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[ching-kuh-pin] /ˈtʃɪŋ kə pɪn/
a shrubby chestnut, Castanea pumila, of the beech family, native to the southeastern U.S., having toothed, oblong leaves and small edible nuts.
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.
the nut of either of these trees.
Also, chincapin, chinkapin.
Virginia Algonquian
1605-15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chinquapin
  • The savanna is noted for its large component of chinquapin oak, here at the northern limit of its range.
  • Down slope of the ridge top it is not uncommon to see regenerating redwood trees mixed amongst manzanita and chinquapin.
British Dictionary definitions for chinquapin


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