A shrubby spurge (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) chiefly of western Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield a multipurpose wax.
Either of two shrubs (Euphorbia antisiphylitica or Pedilanthus pavonis) of the spurge family, native to the SW U.S. and Mexico, which yield a wax used for polishes, varnishes, etc.
Origin of candelilla
- American Spanish diminutive of Spanish candela candle from Latin candēla candle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition