coyotillo

[ koi-uh-til-oh; Spanish kaw-yaw-tee-yaw ]
/ ˌkɔɪ əˈtɪl oʊ; Spanish ˌkɔ yɔˈti yɔ /

noun, plural coy·o·til·los [koi-uh-til-ohz; Spanish kaw-yaw-tee-yaws]. /ˌkɔɪ əˈtɪl oʊz; Spanish ˌkɔ yɔˈti yɔs/.

a poisonous shrub with black berries, Karwinskia humboldtiana, of the buckthorn family, found in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Origin of coyotillo

First recorded in 1890–95; from Mexican Spanish: literally “little coyote,” equivalent to coyote + -illo diminutive suffix; see origin at coyote

Words nearby coyotillo

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British Dictionary definitions for coyotillo

coyotillo
/ (ˌkəʊjəʊˈtiːljəʊ) /

noun plural -los

a thorny poisonous rhamnaceous shrub, Karwinskia humboldtiana of Mexico and the southwestern US, the berries of which cause paralysis

Word Origin for coyotillo

Mexican Spanish, literally: a little coyote
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