noun cha·mi·sa \shə-ˈmē-sə, chə-\

Definition of chamisa

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

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

Variants of chamisa



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Origin and Etymology 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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