Definition of paloverde
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 : jerusalem thorn
Recent Examples of paloverde from the Web
Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, paloverde, creosote and saguaro.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paloverde'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of paloverde
Mexican Spanish, literally, green tree
First Known Use: 1829See Words from the same year
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up paloverde? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).