cha·​mi·​sa | \ shə-ˈmē-sə How to pronounce chamisa (audio) , chə- \
variants: or chamiso \ shə-​ˈmē-​(ˌ)sō How to pronounce chamiso (audio) , chə-​ \

Definition of chamisa

1 : a saltbush (Atriplex canescens) of the western U.S. and Mexico having winged seeds
2 : a rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) having yellow flowers

First Known Use of chamisa

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Chamisa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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