palo santo

pa·​lo san·​to | \ ˌpalōˈsanˌtō, ˌpälōˈsän- \

Definition of palo santo

: 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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History and Etymology for palo santo

American Spanish, literally, holy tree

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“Palo santo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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