(also camass or quamash)
Definition of camas in English:
A North American plant of the lily family, cultivated for its starry blue or purple flowers.
- Genera Camassia and Zigadenus, family Liliaceae: several species, including C. quamash, the large bulbs of which are edible
- More commonly known as a spring bulb with a vibrant blue flower, quamash is native to Canada and the western United States, and its edible bulb was once a mainstay of native diets.
- The most significant of the edibles, camas was eaten during the first of many friendly encounters with the Nez Perce along Idaho's Clearwater River.
- The wetter areas support meadows containing Missouri goldenrod, false toadflax, golden-glow, Indian paintbrush, Mariposa lily, death camas, and prairie smoke.
Mid 19th century: from Chinook Jargon qamas̆, qawas̆, perhaps from Nootka.
Definition of camas in:
- British & World English dictionary
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