camas

noun
cam·​as | \ ˈka-məs How to pronounce camas (audio) \
variants: or less commonly camass \ ˈka-​məs How to pronounce camass (audio) \ or \ ˈkwä-​mish How to pronounce quamash (audio) \

Definition of camas

: any of a genus (Camassia and especially C. quamash) of plants of the lily family chiefly of the western U.S. with edible bulbs — compare death camas

First Known Use of camas

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camas

Nez Percé qémʼes, qémʼeš

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