from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecology A biome characterized by hot dry summers and cool moist winters and dominated by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs, as that found in the foothills of California.
- n. A dense thicket of shrubs and small trees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A region of shrubs, typically dry in the summer and rainy in the winter. The coast of the Mediterranean is such a region.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thicket of low evergreen oaks.
- n. An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets of thorny shrubs and brambles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A close growth, more or less extensive, of low evergreen oaks.
- n. Any very dense thicket of low thorny shrubs which exclusively occupy the ground; sometimes, a thick growth of cacti.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
Spanish, from chaparro, evergreen oak, from Basque txapar, diminutive of saphar, thicket.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish chaparral, from chaparro + -al, from Basque txaparro, from txapar, from saphar. (Wiktionary)