coy·​o·​til·​lo ˌkī-ə-ˈti-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce coyotillo (audio)
-ˈtē-(ˌ)yō How to pronounce coyotillo (audio)
: a shrub (Karwinskia humboldtiana) of the buckthorn family of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico having poisonous berries

Word History


Mexican Spanish, diminutive of coyote

First Known Use

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coyotillo was circa 1892

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“Coyotillo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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