nounWord forms: plural ˌocoˈtillos (ˌoʊkəˈtijoʊz
candlewood (Fouquieria splendens
) with scarlet flowers, found in the SW U.S.
designating a family (Fouquieriaceae, order Violales) of dicotyledonous desert shrubs
and trees, including the candlewoods
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Word origin of 'ocotillo'AmSp, dim. of ocote, Mexican pine < Nahuatl ocoλ, pine