from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shrubby spurge (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) native to southwest Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield a multipurpose wax.
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- n. wax-coated Mexican shrub related to Euphorbia antisyphilitica
- n. wax-coated shrub of northern Mexico and southwestern United States
American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish candela, candle, from Latin candēla; see candle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)