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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large leguminous tree, Gleditschia amorphoides, of northern Argentina, whose trunk from the ground up to the height of a man is thickly beset with strong, much-branched thorns from 5 to 8 inches long. Its handsome veined wood is used in building and for furniture and cabinet-work. Its bark contains saponin and is used like soap, under the name of quillay.


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  • In the first, the dominant arboreal species include Prosopis nigra (algarrobo negro), Prosopis alba (algarrobo blanco), Celtis tala (tala), Geoffoea decorticans (chaƱar), Acacia caven (espinillo), Jodina rhombifolia (sombra de toro), Scutia buxifolia (coronillo), and Schinus longifolia (incienso).

    Argentine Espinal


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