Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spiny, nearly leafless, bushy tree (Cercidium floridum syn. Parkinsonia florida) of the southwest United States, having showy yellow flowers and blue-green bark.
  • n. Any of several similar or related shrubs.

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  • n. Any of a variety of trees in the genus Parkinsonia, with characteristic green bark, found in desert areas of North America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. densely branched spiny tree of southwestern United States having showy yellow flowers and blue-green bark; sometimes placed in genus Cercidium

Etymologies

American Spanish : Spanish palo, tree (from Latin pālus, stake; see pale1) + Spanish verde, green (from Latin viridis).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish palo ("stick") + verde ("green"). (Wiktionary)

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