palo santo


pa·​lo san·​to
: 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

Word History


American Spanish, literally, holy tree

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“Palo santo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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