Opuntia Definition

ō-pŭnshē-ə, -shə
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • genus Opuntia
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Cactaceae "” the prickly pears.

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Other Word Forms of Opuntia

Noun

Singular:
opuntia
Plural:
opuntias

Origin of Opuntia

  • Latin (herba) Opūntia Opuntian (herb) feminine of Opūntius , of Opus, an ancient town of east-central Greece from Opūs Opūnt- Opus from Greek Opous Opount-

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

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