chamise

noun
cha·​mise | \ shə-ˈmēs How to pronounce chamise (audio) , chə- \

Definition of chamise

: a California shrub (Adenostoma fasciculatum) of the rose family that forms dense stands in chaparral

Examples of chamise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ours is called chaparral, and it is often marked by the presence of scrub oak, sage, chamise and manzanita, among other plants. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 Clements said part of the lab’s work is taking monthly samples of a species called chamise — a widespread shrub in California — from three sites in Los Gatos. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, 4 Sep. 2020 Appel and his team worked with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to test the gel material on grass and chamise (a shrub common in California). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 24 Sep. 2019 The remaining 75 acres will be preserved and added to the county’s Multiple Species Conservation Program to protect native chamise chaparral, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub habitats and a variety of dependent wildlife, Geiszler said. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of chamise

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chamise

modification of American Spanish chamiza

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12 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chamise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chamise. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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