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chap·ar·ral

 (shăp′ə-răl′)
n.
An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs, especially in central and southern California.

[Spanish, from chaparro, evergreen oak, from Basque txapar, diminutive of saphar, thicket.]
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chaparral

(ˌtʃæpəˈræl; ˌʃæp-)
n
(Physical Geography) (in the southwestern US) a dense growth of shrubs and trees, esp evergreen oaks
[C19: from Spanish, from chaparra evergreen oak]
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chap•ar•ral

(ˌʃæp əˈræl, ˌtʃæp-)

n.
a dense growth of shrubs or small trees.
[1835–45, Amer.; < Sp, derivative of chaparr(o) evergreen oak]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chaparral - dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
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Morgan said that our best ground was beyond a certain ridge that he pointed out, and we crossed it by a trail through the chaparral. On the other side was comparatively level ground, thickly covered with wild oats.
She had not proceeded a hundred yards before she noticed the moving figure of a man beyond her in the hillside chaparral above the trail.
Dawn caught us on the northern brow, and in the gray light we dropped down through chaparral into redwood canyons deep and warm with the breath of passing summer.