yerba santa

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From Spanish yerba (herb) + santa (sacred)


yerba santa (plural yerba santas)

  1. Plants native to southwestern North America. Eriodictyon californicum or other species in the genus Eriodictyon, which have traditionally been used medicinally.
  2. Hoja santa, a Central American plant with sweet-scented leaves used to flavor food, Piper auritum.