(in Mexico) chaps.
a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, especially by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback.
leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboys Also called chaparejos, chaparajos
1844, American English, short for chaparejos, from Mexican Spanish chaparreras, overalls worn to protect from chaparro (see chaparral).
“jaws, cheeks,” from chap (n.), 1550s, of unknown origin. Hence, chap-fallen (1590s).
a dense growth of shrubs or small trees. noun (in the southwestern US) a dense growth of shrubs and trees, esp evergreen oaks n. “shrub thicket,” 1850, American English, from Spanish chaparro “evergreen oak,” perhaps from Basque txapar “little thicket,” diminutive of sapar “heath, thicket.” In Spain, a chaparral is a bush of a species […]
- Chaparral cock
either of two large terrestrial cuckoos of the genus Geococcyx of arid regions of the western U.S., Mexico, and Central America, especially G. californianus (greater roadrunner) roadrunner. noun another name for roadrunner noun a terrestrial crested bird, Geococcyx californianus, of Central and S North America, having a streaked plumage and long tail: family Cuculidae (cuckoos) […]
a lily, Lilium rubescens, of the western coast of the U.S., having pale lilac-colored flowers that turn rose-purple.