palo santo

[pal-oh san-toh]
noun
  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

< American Spanish: literally, holy wood
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