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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.]
(Physical Geography) (in the southwestern US) a dense growth of shrubs and trees, esp evergreen oaks
[C19: from Spanish, from chaparra evergreen oak]
chap•ar•ral(ˌʃæp əˈræl, ˌtʃæp-)
a dense growth of shrubs or small trees.
[1835–45, Amer.; < Sp, derivative of chaparr(o) evergreen oak]