noun cha·mi·sa \shə-ˈmē-sə, chə-\

Definition of CHAMISA

:  a saltbush (Atriplex canescens) of the western United States and Mexico having winged seeds
:  a rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) having yellow flowers

Variants of CHAMISA

cha·mi·sa or cha·mi·so \-(ˌ)sō\

Origin of CHAMISA

American Spanish chamiza, chamizo, ultimately from Spanish chamiza brushwood, kindling, from Portuguese or Galician chamiça, from chama flame, from Latin flamma — more at flame
First Known Use: 1960


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