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 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 name quamash is from Nez Perce qém’es, a term for the plant's bulb, which was gathered and used as a food source by tribes in the Pacific Northwest. 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. The pale blue to deep blue flowers grow in a raceme at the end of the stem. Each of the radially symmetrical, star-shaped flowers have 6 petals. The stems have a length between 30 cm and 90 cm. The leaves are basal and have a grass-like appearance. Camas is not just an edible plant, it is also grown as an ornamental plant. Even in the wild, large numbers of camas can color an entire meadow blue-violet. While camas is edible and nutritious, it may occasionally grow with species of Toxicoscordion and other genera in the tribe Melanthieae which have similar bulbs but are extremely poisonous.

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