cha·​mise shə-ˈmēs How to pronounce chamise (audio)
: 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 For this, too, the chamise was well adapted. Matt Simon, Wired, 15 Apr. 2021 The first several miles had been deceivingly easy: a sandy descent marked by jack rabbits, yucca and chamise and views of the dilapidated barracks of Camp Lockett and a Border Patrol station swarming with trucks. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Waist-high chamise chaparral closed in on my legs and backpack, but never blocked the striking vistas to the south. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 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,, 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 See More

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Word History


modification of American Spanish chamiza

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chamise was in 1846

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“Chamise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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