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.
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,