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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees related and similar to the chestnut, especially Castanea pumila, native to the eastern United States.
  • n. A large evergreen tree (Castanopsis chrysophylla) of the Pacific Coast of North America. Also called giant chinquapin, golden chinquapin.
  • n. The nut of any of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the shrubs in the genus Castanopsis
  • n. any of the several trees and shrubs in the genus Chrysolepis
  • n. some of the species in the chestnut genus Castanea
  • n. chinkapin oak (Quercus muhlenbergii), a species of oak whose leaves resemble those of chinkapins
  • n. water-chinquapin, the water plant Nelumbo lutea, American lotus
  • n. the redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A branching, nut-bearing tree or shrub (Castanea pumila) of North America, from six to twenty feet high, allied to the chestnut. Also, its small, sweet, edible nat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See chinkapin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small nut of either of two small chestnut trees of the southern United States; resembles a hazelnut
  • n. shrubby chestnut tree of southeastern United States having small edible nuts
  • n. shrubby tree closely related to the Allegheny chinkapin but with larger leaves; southern midwestern United States

Etymologies

Of Algonquian origin; akin to Virginia Algonquin chechinkamin, chestnut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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