palo santo

[ pal-oh san-toh ]

  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 of palo santo

From Latin American Spanish: literally, “holy wood”

Words Nearby palo santo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023