Definition of palo blanco in English:

palo blanco

(also paloblanco)


  • Any of various American trees or shrubs with pale or whitish bark or wood, specifically: (a) any of several small trees or shrubs of the genus Celtis (hackberries: family Ulmaceae) found in desert areas of south-western North America, especially C. reticulata ; (b) the white-barked tree Lysiloma candida (family Mimosaceae (Leguminosae)) of western Mexico; (c) a forest tree, Calycophyllum multiflorum (family Rubiaceae), of central South America.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Hardy (d. 1871). FromAmerican Spanish palo blanco, lit. ‘white tree’ (a name given to various trees and shrubs) from palo, specifically sense of palo + blanco.


palo blanco

/ˌpaləʊ ˈblaŋkəʊ/