Definition of chinquapin in English:


Syllabification: chin·qua·pin
Pronunciation: /ˈCHiNGkiˌpin
(also chinkapin)


  • 1A North American chestnut tree.
    • Several species in the family Fagaceae, in particular the Allegheny (or eastern) chinquapin (Castanea pumila)
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    • 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.
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    • 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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