Chaparral cock; fem. Chaparral hen(Zoöl.), a bird of the cuckoo family 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.

(Chap"book`) n. [See Chap to cheapen.] Any small book carried about for sale by chapmen or hawkers. Hence, any small book; a toy book.

(Chape) n. [F., a churchman's cope, a cover, a chape, fr. L. cappa. See Cap.]

1. The piece by which an object is attached to something, as the frog of a scabbard or the metal loop at the back of a buckle by which it is fastened to a strap.

2. The transverse guard of a sword or dagger.

3. The metal plate or tip which protects the end of a scabbard, belt, etc. Knight.

(Cha`peau") n.; pl. Chapeux [F., fr. OF. chapel hat. See Chaplet.]

1. A hat or covering for the head.

2. (Her.) A cap of maintenance. See Maintenance.

||Chapeau bras[F. chapeau hat + bras arm], a hat so made that it can be compressed and carried under the arm without injury. Such hats were particularly worn on dress occasions by gentlemen in the 18th century. A chapeau bras is now worn in the United States army by general and staff officers.

(Chaped) p. p. or a. Furnished with a chape or chapes. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Chap"el) n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella, orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary, sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape, cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St. Martin's cloak was preserved as a precious relic, itself came to be called capella,

1. One of the jaws or the fleshy covering of a jaw; — commonly in the plural, and used of animals, and colloquially of human beings.

His chaps were all besmeared with crimson blood.

He unseamed him [Macdonald] from the nave to the chaps.

2. One of the jaws or cheeks of a vise, etc.

(Chap) n. [Perh. abbreviated fr. chapman, but used in a more general sense; or cf. Dan. kiæft jaw, person, E. chap jaw.]

1. A buyer; a chapman. [Obs.]

If you want to sell, here is your chap.

2. A man or boy; a youth; a fellow. [Colloq.]

(Chap), v. i. [See Cheapen.] To bargain; to buy. [Obs.]

(||Cha`par*ral") n. [Sp., fr. chaparro an evergeen oak.]

1. A thicket of low evergreen oaks.

2. An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets of thorny shrubs and brambles.

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