any of several leguminous
trees or shrubs (genera Parkinsonia
) with spiny
branches, green bark, and bright-yellow flowers, found in the SW U.S. and Mexico
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Word origin of 'paloverde'
MexSp, lit., green tree < Sp palo,
a stick, log (< L palus,
a stake, pale2
) + verde,
green < L viridis: