Pronunciation: (chaps, shaps), [key]
—n. (used with a pl. v.)
a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, esp. by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback. Also called chaparajos, chaparejos.
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