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 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, "This Gel Could Prevent Wildfires," 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, "County unveils plans for Mt. Woodson parking lots," 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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“Chamise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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