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Related to quamash: Small Camas


See camas.

[Nez Perce qém'eš, qém'es.]


(ˈkwɒmæʃ; kwəˈmæʃ)
(Plants) another word for camass1


or cam•as

(ˈkæm əs)

1. any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, esp. C. quamash, of W North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs.
[1795–1805, Amer.; < Chinook Jargon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quamash - any of several plants of the genus Camassiaquamash - any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Camassia, genus Camassia, genus Quamassia, Quamassia - genus of scapose herbs of North and South America having large edible bulbs
Camassia quamash, common camas - plant having a large edible bulb and linear basal leaves and racemes of light to deep violet-blue star-shaped flowers on tall green scapes; western North America
Camassia leichtlinii, Leichtlin's camas - camas found to the west of Cascade Mountains
Camassia scilloides, indigo squill, wild hyacinth - eastern camas; eastern and central North America
References in classic literature ?
Hither also the tribes from the Rocky Mountains brought down horses, bear-grass, quamash, and other commodities of the interior.
Investigate the North American native bulb Camassia or quamash.
The county scraped up more than 300,000 cubic yards of clay when it created the nearby Quamash Prairie wetland mitigation area, and that's being used to cap the landfill's original two cells.