[ shuh-mee-zoh, chuh- ]
/ ʃəˈmi zoʊ, tʃə- /
noun, plural cha·mi·sos.
a saltbush, Atriplex canescens, of the western U.S. and Mexico, having grayish, scurfy foliage.
Also cha·mi·za [shuh-mee-zuh, chuh-] /ʃəˈmi zə, tʃə-/.
Origin of chamiso
Borrowed into English from Mexican Spanish around 1840–50
Also called cenizo.
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