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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Camassia in the lily family, especially C. quamash of western North America, having grasslike leaves, a raceme of blue flowers, and a bulb that was an important food for various Native American peoples. Also called quamash.
  • n. Death camas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the North American flowering plants of the genus Camassia.
  • n. Plural form of cama.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as camass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America


Chinook Jargon, perhaps of Nootka origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Chinook Jargon qamaš, qawaš, from Nootka qawaš. (Wiktionary)
cama +‎ -s (Wiktionary)



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