Camass
Camass Cam"ass n. [Origin uncert.] A small prairie in a forest; a small grassy plain among hills. [Western U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Camass — Cam ass, n. [American Indian name.] (Bot.) any of several plants of the genus Camassia of North and South America, especially the blue flowered liliaceous plant ({Camassia esculenta}) of northwestern America, the bulbs of which were collected for …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • camass — ☆ camass or camas [kam′əs ] n. [AmInd (Chinook) < chamas, sweet] any of a genus (Camassia) of North American plants of the lily family, with sweet, edible bulbs and racemes of drooping, bluish flowers: see also DEATHCAMAS …   English World dictionary

  • camass — /kam euhs/, n. 1. any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, esp. C. quamash, of western North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs. 2. See death camass. Also, camas. [1795 1805, Amer.; <… …   Universalium

  • camass — cam•ass or cam•as [[t]ˈkæm əs[/t]] n. 1) pln any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, esp. C. quamash, of W North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs 2) pln death camass • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • camass — noun see camas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • camass — n. any of several plants of the lily family found in western United States …   English contemporary dictionary

  • camass — cam·ass …   English syllables

  • camass — /ˈkæmæs/ (say kamas) noun any of various plants of the lily family (genus Camassia), especially C. quamash, a species in western North America, with sweet, edible bulbs. Also, camas. {Chinook jargon} …   Australian English dictionary

  • camass — noun any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America • Syn: ↑camas, ↑quamash, ↑camosh, ↑camash • Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • camass-rat — camˈass rat noun A small gopher like rodent that feeds on the bulbs of the camass • • • Main Entry: ↑camass …   Useful english dictionary

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