noun pal·o·ver·de \ˌpa-lō-ˈver-(ˌ)dā, ˌpä-, -ˈvər-\

Definition of paloverde

  1. 1 :  any of several small spiny trees or shrubs (genus Cercidium) of the legume family that have greenish branches and are found chiefly in dry regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico

  2. 2 :  jerusalem thorn

Origin and Etymology of paloverde

Mexican Spanish, literally, green tree

First Known Use: 1829

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