[ kan-dl-ee-uh ]
/ ˌkæn dlˈi ə /


a shrub, Euphorbia antisyphilitica, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, that is the source of a wax (candelilla wax) having various commercial uses.

Origin of candelilla

1935–40; < American Spanish; Spanish: small candle, equivalent to candel(a) candle + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019