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ocotillo

[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)
1.
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
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish, diminutive of ocote kind of pine < Nahuatl ocotl
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Examples from the web for ocotillo
  • Duplication of solar orientation when transplanting is crucial for cacti but not necessary for smaller ocotillo.
  • If it dries out again, the ocotillo sheds its leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for ocotillo

ocotillo

/ˌəʊkəˈtiːljəʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
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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