frai·​le·​jón | \ ˌfräēlāˈhōn \
plural frailejones\ -​ōˌnās \

Definition of frailejón

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

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History and Etymology for frailejón

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 28 Nov. 2020.

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