plural -s
: any of numerous tropical South American thorny or spiny shrubs or trees especially of the genus Zanthoxylum
: a shrubby acacia (Acacia cavenia) used as a hedge plant in southern South America the pod of which is rich in tannin

Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, hawthorn, from Latin spinus blackthorn, from spina thorn

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“Espino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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