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

Examples of camas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web En Springfield, Misuri, Terrence Coulter, director de cuidados intensivos de CoxHealth, un hospital de 500 camas, dijo que los pacientes de COVID-19 que llegan al hospital son más jóvenes y están más enfermos que en la ola anterior. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Once one of the most abundant wildflowers in the region, camas lilies have dwindled in number yet remain a common wildflower across the Pacific Northwest. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021 In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, annual bouts of fall fire created veldts, typically 10 to 20 acres in size, of nearly pure camas lily, which have tasty roots that Kalapuya families gathered and stored for winter. Kiliii Yüyan, History & Culture, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of camas

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camas

Nez Percé qémʼes, qémʼeš

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“Camas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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