monacillo

monacillo

[mon-uh-see-oh; Spanish maw-nah-see-yaw]
noun, plural monacillos [mon-uh-see-ohz; Spanish maw-nah-see-yaws] .
a low shrub, Malvaviscus arboreus, of tropical America, having scarlet flowers and berrylike fruit that is sticky when young.

Origin:
< American Spanish, Spanish: literally, altar-boy, earlier monazillo, monaziello < Vulgar Latin *monachellus, equivalent to Late Latin monach(us) monk + -ellus diminutive suffix; see -elle

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