candelilla

[ kan-dl-ee-uh ]
/ ˌkæn dlˈi ə /

noun

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

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Origin of candelilla

1935–40; <American Spanish; Spanish: small candle, equivalent to candel(a) candle + -illa diminutive suffix
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