palo santo

noun pa·lo san·to \ˌpalōˈsanˌtō, ˌpälōˈsän-\

Definition of palo santo

  1. :  any of several South American trees esteemed locally for medicinal or other special properties; especially :  a tree (Bulnesia sarmienti) of the family Zygophyllaceae occurring in dry interior regions of Argentina and Paraguay and having a resinous heartwood used for incense — see guaiac wood

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Origin and Etymology of palo santo

American Spanish, literally, holy tree


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