plural frailejones
: any of several xerophytic plants of the genus Espeletia (family Compositae) of the higher Andes (especially E. grandiflora)
: the tomentum of the stem and leaves of frailejón resembling wool

Word History


American Spanish, augmentative of Spanish fraile friar, from Old Spanish fraire, from Old Provençal, brother, friar, from Latin fratr-, frater brother

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“Frailejón.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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