camass

camass

[kam-uhs]
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, especially C. quamash, of western North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs.
Also, camas.


Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon qamaš, qawaš < Nootka qawaš-, qawi- salmonberry, any berry or small fruit

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camass or camas (ˈkæmæs)
 
n
1.  Also called: quamash any of several North American plants of the liliaceous genus Camassia, esp C. quamash, which has a cluster of blue or white flowers and a sweet edible bulb
2.  death camass any liliaceous plant of the genus Zygadenus (or Zigadenus), of the western US, that is poisonous to livestock, esp sheep
 
[C19: from Chinook Jargon kamass, from Nootka chamas sweet]
 
camas or camas
 
n
 
[C19: from Chinook Jargon kamass, from Nootka chamas sweet]

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