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santo

[san-toh, sahn-; Spanish sahn-taw] /ˈsæn toʊ, ˈsɑn-; Spanish ˈsɑn tɔ/
noun, plural santos
[san-tohz, sahn-; Spanish sahn-taws] /ˈsæn toʊz, ˈsɑn-; Spanish ˈsɑn tɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a carved figure of a saint, usually of wood, as from Puerto Rico, Mexico, or the southwestern U.S.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40, for an earlier sense; < American Spanish, Spanish: literally, saint < Latin sānctus
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  • The best bet is purchasing a santo made by a living santero, usually a great value considering their heritage and uniqueness.

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