Definitions

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  • n. A plant or herb with edible roots, in the genus Lomatium, used in traditional Native American foods and medicines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native name for Lomatium Cous and other species of the same genus, umbelliferous food-plants of the Columbia River region.

Etymologies

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From Chinook Jargon.

Examples

  • Aside from fish and game, chiefly salmon and deer, their principal foods were the roots of the camas (Camassia esculenta) and kouse (Lomatium kous, etc.), the first being roasted in pits by a peculiar process, while the other was ground in mortars and molded into cakes for future use.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

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