Friday, November 18, 2016

Word of the day: chaparral

The word of the day is chaparral:
  1. a dense growth of shrubs or small trees.
1850, Amer.Eng., from Sp. chaparro "evergreen oak," perhaps from Basque txapar.


"In a remote corner of Northern California, on a steep slope of knotty oaks, sulfur and steam rise in plumes from Wilbur Hot Springs...

"The view's nice; the chaparral smells great."

 - Rinku Patel, "Bugged", The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016

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