from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish countries, a small thorn-bearing tree.


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  • In lower areas that are easily subject to flooding, there are bogs of algarrobo negro (Prosopis nigra), churqui espinillo (Acacia cavens), tala (Celtis tala), and cina-cina (Parkinsonia aculeata); while the slightly alkaline low country contains predominately algarrobo blanco (Prosopis alba), and caranday (Copernicia australis), a palm 10-12 meters (m) high.

    Humid Chaco

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

    Argentine Espinal

  • The principal woods exported are mahogany, guayacan, known to commerce as lignum vitae (one of the hardest woods and so heavy that when in loading the steamer a log drops into the sea it sinks to the bottom like iron), bera or bastard lignum vitae, espinillo or yellowwood, campeche or logwood (a famous dyeing material), sparwood and cedar.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future


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