wokas

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English[edit]

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the lily

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Klamath-Modoc word for the plant's seeds, wokas.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wokas

  1. (US, regional) A large yellow water lily (Nuphar polysepala) found in the northwestern United States.
  2. (US, regional) The seeds of this water lily, eaten by the Klamath and others.

Klamath-Modoc[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • wókash (Gatschet)

Etymology[edit]

From the name of the lily, woksʔam.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wokas

  1. the seeds of the yellow water lily Nuphar polysepala, which ripen in July and August and are harvested, parched, hulled, and eaten by the Klamath and Modoc

References[edit]

  • Gatschet, Samuel S. (1890). The Klamath Indians of southwestern Oregon. Volume II, Part II. United States Government Printing Office.
  • Sturtevant, William C. (1978). Handbook of North American Indians, page 449
  1. 1.0 1.1 1964, University of California publications in linguistics, volumes 32-33, page 223