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[wop-uh-too] /ˈwɒp əˌtu/
noun, plural wapatoos.
an arrowhead plant, Sagittaria latifolia.
Origin of wapatoo
1805, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon; ulterior origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their larders abounded with dried meat, meal, wapatoo, and camas root.

  • He can “root” like a hog, and will often plough up acres of prairie in search of the wapatoo and Indian turnip.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The wapatoo still grows in the ponds and lagoons of the island.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman

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