pau santo

pau san·​to | \ ¦pau̇ˈsan(ˌ)tō \

Definition of pau santo

: a Brazilian tree (Kielmeyera coriacea) of the family Guttiferae having bark that is similar to cork and used for insulation

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History and Etymology for pau santo

Portuguese, literally, holy wood

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“Pau santo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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