(also chamiso /tʃəˈmiːsəʊ/)
noun (plural chamises or chamisos)
An evergreen shrub with small narrow leaves, common in the chaparral of California, US.
- Adenostoma fasciculatum, family Rosaceae.
- At the higher elevations, manzanita is the abundant shrub, while midslope shrubs include chamise, coffeeberry, redberry, and two kinds of mountain mahoganies.
- The region's ubiquitous chaparral, those lion-colored hills of chamise, oak and manzanita, is an incitement to fire.
- He investigated the question of herb suppression within chamise chaparral.
Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish chamiso.
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