from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A variety of the hackberry, Celtis occidentalis, var. reticulata.
  • noun A name applied in Spanish America to many trees and shrubs with white wood or whitish bark or foliage; in Cuba, to Simarouba glauca; in Porto Rico to Drypetes glauca (Euphorbiaceæ) and Chione glabra (Rubiaceæ); in Mexico to a mimosa-like shrub or small tree, Lysiloma candida, the bark of which is used for tanning.


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  • Some maize-fields showed sere stubble, but the palo-blanco flowers were out, and the mesquite bushes were frail green, and there were wafts of perfume from the little yellow flower-balls, like cassia.

    The Plumed Serpent


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