- (Sp. model spelled same [t∫ut∫upáte], of unknown origin)1) DARE: 1937. A lovage, especially the Ligusticum porteri.2) California: 1961. A biscuit root (including Lomatium californicum), a plant of the genus Lomatium; also the root of the plant.Also called parsley, hog fennel, prairie fennel, whiskbroom parsley, wild carrot, wild parsley.Carlisle glosses chuchupate as a plant that Mexicans use for relief from indigestion.Smith also references chucupate as "a bitter root of a Southwest plant used as a tonic, particularly for flatulence." He notes that Indians often carried a piece of this root to be used for medicine and to ward off rattlesnakes. It is unclear whether Smith and Carlisle are referring to (1) or (2). According to Cobos, chuchupate is a variety of wild celery, also known as oshá (in northern New Mexico).
Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. Robert N. Smead. 2013.