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Related to ocotillo: Fouquieria splendens
n. pl. o·co·til·los
A shrub (Fouquieria splendens) of Mexico and the southwest United States, having long spiny stems and clusters of scarlet tubular flowers.
[American Spanish, diminutive of ocote, a Mexican pine, from Nahuatl ocotl, pitch pine.]
n, pl -los
(Plants) a cactus-like tree, Fouquieria splendens, of Mexico and the southwestern US, with scarlet tubular flowers: used for hedges and candlewood: family Fouquieriaceae
[Mexican Spanish: diminutive of ocote pine, from Nahuatl ocotl torch]
o•co•til•lo(ˌoʊ kəˈtil yoʊ)
n., pl. -los.
a spiny desert candlewood shrub, Fouquieria splendens, of the family Fouquieriaceae, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having a tight cluster of red flowers at the tip of each branch.
[1855–60, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish, diminutive of ocote kind of pine]
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|Noun||1.||ocotillo - desert shrub of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers|
candlewood - any of several resinous trees or shrubs often burned for light