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camass

[kam-uh s] /ˈkæm əs/
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
1795-1805, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon qamaš, qawaš < Nootka qawaš-, qawi- salmonberry, any berry or small fruit
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camass

/ˈkæmæs/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from Chinook Jargon kamass, from Nootka chamas sweet
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