candelilla

noun
can·​de·​li·​lla | \ ˌkandəˈlē(y)ə \
plural -s

Definition of candelilla

1 : a wax-coated shrub (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) of northern Mexico and southwestern U.S.
2a : any of several Mexican euphorbias
b : a related plant (Pedilanthus pavonis)

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History and Etymology for candelilla

American Spanish, from Spanish, little candle, diminutive of candela candle, from Latin

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“Candelilla.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candelilla. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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