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