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[mon-uh-see-oh; Spanish maw-nah-see-yaw] /ˌmɒn əˈsi oʊ; Spanish ˌmɔ nɑˈsi yɔ/
noun, plural monacillos
[mon-uh-see-ohz; Spanish maw-nah-see-yaws] /ˌmɒn əˈsi oʊz; Spanish ˌmɔ nɑˈsi yɔs/ (Show IPA)
a low shrub, Malvaviscus arboreus, of tropical America, having scarlet flowers and berrylike fruit that is sticky when young.
Origin of monacillo
< American Spanish, Spanish: literally, altar-boy, earlier monazillo, monaziello < Vulgar Latin *monachellus, equivalent to Late Latin monach(us) monk + -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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