death camas

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death camas (uncountable)

  1. A member of a species of poisonous perennial flowering plants, Toxicoscordion venenosum (formerly Zigadenus venosus), easily confused with the edible camas, whose bulbs (rhizomes) look like, but do not smell like, like onion.
  2. (more generally) A member of any of various similar species, also called star lilies, of family Melanthiaceae, and formerly grouped into the genus Zigadenus (only Zigadenus glaberrimus remains there).

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