Definition of ocotillo in English:

ocotillo

Syllabification: o·co·til·lo
Pronunciation: /ˌōkəˈtē(y)ō
 
/

noun (plural ocotillos)

chiefly US
  • A spiny, scarlet-flowered desert shrub of the southwestern US and Mexico, sometimes planted as a hedge.
    • Fouquieria splendens, family Fouquieriaceae
    More example sentences
    • Yet in another area hit by a recent heavy rain, the ironwood trees and the spiny ocotillos are flush with new green leaves.
    • You'll traverse a series of high valleys, ravines, and washes filled with a variety of plants, including purple barrel cactus and stands of ocotillos.
    • The most common shrubs are creosote bush, ocotillo, and bur sage.

Origin

mid 19th century: via American Spanish (diminutive form) from Nahuatl ocotl 'torch'.

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