Definitions

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

  • n. An evergreen shrub (Adenostoma fasciculatum) in the rose family, native to California, having small needlelike leaves in fascicles and clusters of small white flowers.

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  • n. An evergreen shrub native to California, Adenostoma fasciculatum in the botanical family Rosaceae

Etymologies

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

Spanish chamisa, from Galician chamiça, dry brush, firewood, from chama, flame, from Latin flamma; see flame.

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  • From the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Pg. 12

    "Out the window, the glow of the Hollywood sign was slightly blurred with June fog, a soft wellness on the hills raising the smell of sage and chamise, moisture wiping the glass with dreams."

    November 1, 2010