Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various spiny, nearly leafless, bushy trees of the genus Parkinsonia (formerly Cercidium) in the pea family, native to the southwest United States and Mexico and having yellow flowers and green bark.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish : Spanish palo, tree (from Latin pālus, stake; see pale) + Spanish verde, green (from Latin viridis).]

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Spanish palo ("stick") + verde ("green").

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