death camas

death camas
any of various plants of the genus Zigadenus having glaucous leaves and terminal racemes of mostly white flowers; all are poisonous
Syn: ↑zigadene
Hypernyms: ↑liliaceous plant
Member Holonyms: ↑Zigadenus, ↑genus Zigadenus

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: any of several plants of the genus Zigadenus (as Z. venenosus and Z. glaucus) that cause poisoning of grazing animals in the western United States

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death camas or death camass,
1. a perennial plant of the lily family common in the western United States, with grasslike leaves, cream-colored flowers, and a bulb poisonous to cattle, sheep, and other grazing animals.
2. its bulb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Death Camas — Taxobox name = Death Camas image caption = Zigadenus venenosus var. venenosus regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Liliales familia = Melanthiaceae genus = Zigadenus species = Z. venenosus binomial = Zigadenus… …   Wikipedia

  • death camas — noun Date: circa 1889 any of several plants (genus Zigadenus) of the lily family that cause poisoning of livestock in the western United States …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • death camas — noun a) A member of a species of poisonous, perennial, flowering plants, Zigadenus venenosus, whose bulbs (rhizomes) look, but do not smell, like onion. b) A member of any of various similar species, also called star lilies, of family… …   Wiktionary

  • grassy death camas — noun plant of western North America to Mexico; poisonous especially to grazing animals • Syn: ↑Zigadenus venenosus, ↑Zigadenus venenosus gramineus • Hypernyms: ↑death camas, ↑zigadene • Member Holonyms: ↑Zigadenus …   Useful english dictionary

  • mountain death camas — grakščioji priešvė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melantinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Anticlea elegans), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Anticlea elegans angl. alkali grass; mountain death camas; white camas vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • meadow death camas — noun : a death camas (Zygadenus venenosus) that grows chiefly in wet grassland …   Useful english dictionary

  • camas — also camass or quamash noun Etymology: Nez Percé qém es, qém eš Date: 1805 any of a genus (Camassia and especially C. quamash) of plants of the lily family chiefly of the western United States with edible bulbs compare death camas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • camas — cam·as or cam·ass (kămʹəs) n. 1. Any of several plants of the genus Camassia in the lily family, especially C. quamash of western North America, having grasslike leaves, a raceme of blue flowers, and a bulb that was an important food for various… …   Universalium

  • death camass — 1. any of several North American plants belonging to the genus Zigadenus, of the lily family, having narrow leaves and clusters of flowers. 2. the root of any of these plants, poisonous to sheep and other animals. [1885 90, Amer.] * * * death… …   Useful english dictionary

  • foothill death camas — noun : an herb (Zigadenus paniculatus) of the western United States with greenish white racemose flowers and narrow leaves that are poisonous to cattle …   Useful english dictionary

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