\ ˈgwau̇ \
plural -s

Definition of guao

: any of certain small tropical American trees constituting a genus Comocladia of the family Anacardiaceae, having odd-pinnate often spiny leaves, hard heavy reddish wood, and a caustic sap that poisons on contact, and yielding tannins and a dye extract — see maiden plum

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History and Etymology for guao

American Spanish (Cuba), from Taino

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“Guao.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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