Definition of chaparral in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌSHapəˈral/


North American
Vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.
Example sentences
  • This species lives exclusively in or near sandy soils within coastal dune and scrub communities and maritime chaparral.
  • Also important are mountain tops or ‘sky islands,’ and in some cases deep, shady canyons, that support chaparral, woodlands, or other communities that are relics of more temperate periods.
  • The thick chaparral of a remote region in the Sespe Wilderness, part of the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura, California, has concealed a lost herd of desert bighorn sheep for more than five years.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, from chaparra 'dwarf evergreen oak'.

Words that rhyme with chaparral

Al, bacchanal, cabal, canal, Chagall, Chantal, gal, grand mal, Guadalcanál, Hal, La Salle, mall, Natal, pal, pall-mall, petit mal, sal, shall, Val

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Syllabification: chap·ar·ral

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