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chaparral (shap-uh-RAL, chap-)

noun: A dense, often impenetrable, growth of shrubs and thorny bushes.

[From Spanish chaparral, from chaparro (dwarf evergreen oak), from Basque txapar (thicket).]

"Satwiwa Loop Trail: an easy 1.5- mile stroll through grasslands and chaparral."
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa; Ventura County Star (Ventura, California); Dec 31, 2004.

"But most of the images I'd shot were nothing but blue sky and some out-of-focus chaparral."
Chris Welsch; Point and Shoot; Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Dec 26, 2004.

See more usage examples of chaparral in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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