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o·pun·ti·a

 (ō-pŭn′shē-ə, -shə)
n.
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.

[Latin (herba) Opūntia, Opuntian (herb), feminine of Opūntius, of Opus, an ancient town of east-central Greece, from OpūsOpūnt-, Opus, from Greek OpousOpount-.]

opuntia

(ɒˈpʌnʃɪə)
n
(Plants) any cactus of the genus Opuntia, esp prickly pear, having fleshy branched stems and green, red, or yellow flowers
[C17: New Latin, from Latin Opuntia (herba) the Opuntian (plant), from Opus, ancient town of Locris, Greece]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opuntia - large genus of cactuses native to America: prickly pearsOpuntia - large genus of cactuses native to America: prickly pears
caryophylloid dicot genus - genus of relatively early dicotyledonous plants including mostly flowers
Cactaceae, cactus family, family Cactaceae - constituting the order Opuntiales
prickly pear, prickly pear cactus - cacti having spiny flat joints and oval fruit that is edible in some species; often used as food for stock
cholla, Opuntia cholla - arborescent cacti having very spiny cylindrical stem segments; southwestern United States and Mexico