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chamisa

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noun cha·mi·sa \shə-ˈmē-sə, chə-\

Definition of chamisa

  1. 1 :  a saltbush (Atriplex canescens) of the western United States and Mexico having winged seeds

  2. 2 :  a rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) having yellow flowers



Variants of chamisa

or chamiso play \-(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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