cha·​mi·​sa shə-ˈmē-sə How to pronounce chamisa (audio)
variants or chamiso
: an evergreen saltbush (Atriplex canescens) having brittle stems, yellow flowers, and winged seeds : four-wing saltbush
: a rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) having flexible hairy stems and yellow flowers : rubber rabbitbrush

Word History


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

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chamisa was in 1900

Dictionary Entries Near chamisa

Cite this Entry

“Chamisa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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