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wapatoo

[ wop-uh-too ]
/ ˈwɒp əˌtu /
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noun, plural wap·a·toos.

an arrowhead plant, Sagittaria latifolia.

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Origin of wapatoo

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1800; from Chinook Jargon waptu, wappatoo; further origin uncertain
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Example sentences from the Web for wapatoo

  • He can “root” like a hog, and will often plough up acres of prairie in search of the wapatoo and Indian turnip.

  • The wapatoo still grows in the ponds and lagoons of the island.

    The Columbia River|William Denison Lyman
  • Their larders abounded with dried meat, meal, wapatoo, and camas root.

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