from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cactuslike tree (Fouquieria splendens) of Mexico and the southwest United States, having clusters of scarlet tubular flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various succulent plants unrelated to the cactus, in the genus Fouquieria, living in Central America or the southwest United States.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the southwestern United States, northern Mexico, and Lower California, a name applied to several species of Fouquieria, especially to F. splendens, a shrub which grows in arid, stony soil, and which has many spiny stems terminating in slender panicles of red flowers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. desert shrub of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers
American Spanish, diminutive of ocote, a Mexican pine, from Nahuatl ocotl, pitch pine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From American Spanish ocotillo, from ocote. (Wiktionary)