noun can·de·li·lla

Definition of candelilla



  1. 1 :  a wax-coated shrub (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) of northern Mexico and southwestern U.S.

  2. 2a :  any of several Mexican euphorbias b :  a related plant (Pedilanthus pavonis)

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Origin and Etymology of candelilla

American Spanish, from Spanish, little candle, diminutive of candela candle, from Latin — more at candle

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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