Definition of chamise in English:


Line breaks: cha|mise
Pronunciation: /(t)ʃəˈmiːz
(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
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    • 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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