huisache

huisache

[wee-sah-chee]
noun
a tropical and subtropical New World shrub, Acacia farnesiana, of the legume family, having clusters of fragrant, deep-yellow flower heads.
Also called cassie, popinac, sponge tree.


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl huixachi, equivalent to hui(tztli) thorn + (i)xachi a large amount, many

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huisache

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tropical American thorny shrub or small tree; fragrant yellow flowers used in making perfumery 
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