wocas

or wo·kas

[ woh-kuhs ]
/ ˈwoʊ kəs /

noun

a yellow pond lily, Nuphar polysepalum, of northwestern North America, having heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped flowers.

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Sometimes wo·kus .

Origin of wocas

1875–80, Americanism; earlier, its seeds <Klamath wokas; compare woksʔam the name of the plant
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