Definitions for quamashˈkwɒm æʃ, kwəˈmæʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quam•ashˈkwɒm æʃ, kwəˈmæʃ(n.)

  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: camass.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. camas, camass, quamash, camosh, camash(noun)

    any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quamash(noun)

    see Camass

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  1. Camassia quamash

    Camassia quamash, commonly known as camas, small camas, common camas, camash or quamash, is a perennial herb. It is one species of the genus Camassia and is native to western North America in large areas of southern Canada and the northwestern United States, from British Columbia and Alberta to California and east from Washington state to Montana and Wyoming. The genus name comes from the Nez Perce Indian name for this plant, and means "sweet". Qém’es, a term for the plant's bulb, which was gathered and used as a food source by tribes in the Pacific Northwest, and were an important food source for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The bulbs were harvested and pit-roasted or boiled by women of the Nez Perce, Cree, and Blackfoot tribes. It also provided a valuable food source for the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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