es·​cam·​bron | \ ¦eˌskäm¦brȯn \
plural -s

Definition of escambron

: any of several tropical American thorny shrubs or trees: such as
b Puerto Rico : a shrubby vine (Drepanocarpus lunatus) of the family Leguminosae with hooked prickles and showy purple flowers

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History and Etymology for escambron

American Spanish escambrón, from obsolete Spanish, hawthorn, buckthorn, perhaps modification of Latin crabron-, crabro hornet

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“Escambron.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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