Definition of chaparral in English:


Line breaks: chap¦ar|ral
Pronunciation: /ˌʃapəˈral
, ˌtʃ-/


[mass noun] North American
  • Vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.
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    • 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'.

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