chin·qua·pin or chin·ka·pin (chĭngkə-pĭn′)
1. A chestnut (Castanea pumila) of eastern North America that grows as a shrub or small tree.
2. Any of several evergreen trees or shrubs of the family Fagaceae, including species in the genera Chrysolepis of western North America and Castanopsis of East and Southeast Asia.
3. The edible nut of any of these plants.
[Of Algonquian origin; akin to Virginia Algonquin chechinkamin, chestnut.]
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