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chamise Line breaks: cha|mise
Pronunciation: /(t)ʃəˈmiːz/
(also chamiso tʃəˈmiːsəʊ)

Definition of chamise in English:

noun (plural chamises or chamisos)

An evergreen shrub with small narrow leaves, common in the chaparral of California, US.
  • Adenostoma fasciculatum, family Rosaceae
Example sentences
  • 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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