[ wop-uh-too ]

noun,plural wap·a·toos.
  1. an arrowhead plant, Sagittaria latifolia.

Origin of wapatoo

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1800; from Chinook Jargon waptu, wappatoo; further origin uncertain

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How to use wapatoo in a sentence

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

    The Hunters' Feast | Mayne Reid
  • 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.