variants or less commonly amargosa
plural -s
: the bark of the goatbush
[Philippine Spanish, from Spanish, bitter] : the balsam apple of the Philippines

Word History


Mexican Spanish amargoso goatbush, from Spanish, bitter, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin amaricosus, from Latin amarus

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amargoso was in 1894

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“Amargoso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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