palo santo

palo santo

[pal-oh san-toh]
noun
1.
a South American tree, Bulnesia sarmienti, of the caltrop family, yielding a fragrant essential oil.
2.
a tropical American tree, Triplaris americana, of the buckwheat family, having large leaves and showy red female flowers.

Origin:
< American Spanish: literally, holy wood

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palo santo

noun
South American tree of dry interior regions of Argentina and Paraguay having resinous heartwood used for incense 
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