es·​pi·​no | \ ə̇ˈspē(ˌ)nō \
plural -s

Definition of espino

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

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History and Etymology for espino

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

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“Espino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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