any of a genus (Nopalea) of cactuses with red flowers, esp. a tropical prickly pear (N. cochinellifera)
Origin of nopalSpanish ; from Nahuatl no?palli, prickly pear cactus
nounpl. no·pal·es also no·pals
- Any of various cacti having edible stems, especially the prickly pears.
- The fleshy, oval, edible pad of such a cactus.
Origin of nopalAmerican Spanish, from Nahuatl nohpalli.
(plural nopals or nopal)
- A prickly pear cactus from the genus Opuntia, especially Opuntia cochinellifera.