Opuntia meaning

ō-pŭnshē-ə, -shə
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.
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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.
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Opuntia, a genus of cactus that includes such cacti as the prickly pear and xoconostle.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Cactaceae "” the prickly pears.
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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