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ocotillo

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noun oco·ti·llo \ˌō-kə-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō\

Definition of ocotillo

plural

ocotillos

  1. :  a thorny scarlet-flowered candlewood (Fouquieria splendens of the family Fouquieriaceae) of the southwestern United States and Mexico



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Origin and Etymology of ocotillo

Mexican Spanish, diminutive of ocote, a resinous pine tree (Pinus montezuma), from Nahuatl ocotl pine, torch made of pine


First Known Use: 1856


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