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[oh-kuh-teel-yoh; Spanish aw-kaw-tee-yaw] /ˌoʊ kəˈtil yoʊ; Spanish ˌɔ kɔˈti yɔ/
noun, plural ocotillos
[oh-kuh-teel-yohz; Spanish aw-kaw-tee-yaws] /ˌoʊ kəˈtil yoʊz; Spanish ˌɔ kɔˈti yɔs/ (Show IPA)
a spiny, woody shrub, Fouqueria splendens, of arid regions of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having a tight cluster of red flowers at the tip of each branch.
Origin of ocotillo
1855-60, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish, diminutive of ocote kind of pine < Nahuatl ocotl Unabridged
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noun (pl) -los
a cactus-like tree, Fouquieria splendens, of Mexico and the southwestern US, with scarlet tubular flowers: used for hedges and candlewood: family Fouquieriaceae
Word Origin
Mexican Spanish: diminutive of ocote pine, from Nahuatl ocotl torch
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