Definition of chinquapin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHiNGkəˌpin/
(also chinkapin)


1A North American chestnut tree.
  • Several species in the family Fagaceae, in particular the Allegheny (or eastern) chinquapin (Castanea pumila).
Example sentences
  • They're also checking related species - chestnuts, beeches, and chinquapins - as well as rhododendron and huckleberry relatives: manzanitas, cranberries, and more.
  • West Texas generally offers landscapes of muted colors - sepia earth and vast sun-bleached skies - but this canyon cradles a riparian forest of big-tooth maple, alligator juniper, and chinquapin oak.
  • Black oak, red oak, chinquapin oak, bitternut hickory, and pignut hickory are common near hill summits, where the driest conditions prevail.
1.1The edible nut of a chinquapin tree.
Example sentences
  • They sometimes also offered small quantities of chinquapin nuts and, rarely, walnuts.
  • Chestnuts, chinquapins, and other nuts could also be gathered from the woods.


Early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian.

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Syllabification: chin·qua·pin

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