chaparral, n. [Sp., fr. chaparro an evergeen oak.].
A thicket of low evergreen oaks. [1913 Webster]
An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets of thorny shrubs and brambles. [1913 Webster]
Chaparral cock; fem.
Chaparral hen(Zoöl.), a bird of the cuckoo family (Geococcyx Californianus), noted for running with great speed. It ranges from California to Mexico and eastward to Texas; -- called also road runner, ground cuckoo, churea, and snake killer. It is the state bird of New Mexico.