Cactus meaning

kăktəs
Any of numerous succulent, spiny, usually leafless plants of the family Cactaceae, native chiefly to arid regions of the Americas, having variously colored, often showy flowers with numerous stamens and petals.
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Any of several similar plants.
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Any desert plant of the cactus family, native to the New World, with fleshy stems, reduced or spinelike leaves, and often showy flowers.
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Designating a family (Cactaceae) of dicotyledonous plants (order Caryophyllales), including the prickly pear, saguaro, and cereus.
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(botany) Any member of the family Cactaceae, a family of flowering New World succulent plants suited to a hot, semi-desert climate.
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Any succulent plant with a thick fleshy stem bearing spines but no leaves, including euphorbs.
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(Australia, slang) Non-functional, broken, exhausted.
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(archaic) A taxonomic genus within the family Cactaceae — original Linnean genus of cactus, rejected in 1905.
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Origin of cactus

  • Latin cardoon from Greek kaktos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin cactus (“a spiny plant, possibly the cardoon”), from Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos)

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin cactus, from Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos, “cardoon”), of pre-Greek origin.

    From Wiktionary