- any of several plants of the genus Camassia, of the lily family, especially C. quamash, of western North America, having long clusters of blue to white flowers and edible bulbs.
- death camass.
Origin of camass
Examples from the Web for camas
Historical Examples of camas
When he awoke he lay under an arbutus-tree in a meadow of camas.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
Of the camas we will make flour and bread when we have got a fire.Godfrey Morgan
A May snowstorm whitened the camas meadows and melted again.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
Near Camas Creek, they had an engagement with the pursuing troops.The Yellowstone National Park
Hiram Martin Chittenden
So did Camas, and the two rushed into the water and began their swim of hate.Blackfeet Tales of Glacier National Park
James Willard Schultz
- Also called: quamash any of several North American plants of the liliaceous genus Camassia, esp C. quamash, which has a cluster of blue or white flowers and a sweet edible bulb
- death camass any liliaceous plant of the genus Zygadenus (or Zigadenus), of the western US, that is poisonous to livestock, esp sheep