kooyah

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Shoshone kuya (bitterroot, Valeriana edulis).

Noun[edit]

kooyah (plural not attested)

  1. (US, Great Basin and Northwestern dialects) Valeriana edulis, or the large, internally bright yellow, edible root of this plant, which tastes and smells like tobacco until cooked, when it becomes sweet.