Chinquapins

chinquapin

[ching-kuh-pin]
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.
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.
Also called golden chinquapin.


Origin:
1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) chechinquamins

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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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