zorillo

noun

zo·​ril·​lo
zəˈri(ˌ)lō
plural -s
: a tropical American shrub or small tree (Roupala darienensis) of the family Proteaceae that has an offensive skunklike odor and is used as a remedy for headache

Word History

Etymology

Spanish zorrillo little fox, skunk, diminutive of zorro fox

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“Zorillo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zorillo. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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