chamisa

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noun cha·mi·sa \shə-ˈmē-sə, chə-\
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chamiso

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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

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


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