An example of an opuntia is the prickly pear cactus.
any of a large genus (Opuntia) of cactus plants with red, purple, or yellow flowers, pulpy or dry berries, and fleshy, jointed stems, including the prickly pears and chollas
Origin of opuntiaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin (herba) Opuntia, (plant) of Opus, city in Locris
Any of various cacti of the genus Opuntia of the Americas, having stems with flat or cylindrical jointed segments and small easily detached spines, and including the chollas and the prickly pears.
Origin of opuntiaLatin (herba) Opūntia, Opuntian (herb), feminine of Opūntius, of Opus, an ancient town of east-central Greece, from Opūs, Opūnt-, Opus, from Greek Opous, Opount-.