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 (ō-pŭn′shē-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.

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


(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
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9] I found here a species of cactus, described by Professor Henslow, under the name of Opuntia Darwinii (Magazine of Zoology and Botany, vol.
While most cacti are inedible, the Opuntia species has much to offer, especially if treated like a crop rather than a weed run wild.
Forage cactus has different varieties belonging to the genera Opuntia and Nopalea, and, despite having the same photosynthetic process, the crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), has characteristics that differentiate them, such as morphology and, thus, water use efficiency (Silva et al.
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A water-wise garden doesn't have to be a dusty, monochromatic landscape, as this Joshua Tree, California, planting proves: Blue-green agave leaves, yellow barrel cactus spikes, and red and jade green opuntia cactus bring big color.
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The line includes a range of beauty products, from almond cleansing milk, citrus toner, hibiscus serum, opuntia day cream, hibiscus night cream, to almond and hazelnut face scrub and a pomegranate face mask.
In this regard, Cacti, particularly Opuntia species, meet all of the above requirements as a source of food for humans and feed for domestic animals and wildlife in arid and semi-arid regions [4].
Methanol extracts of Aloe vera, Opuntia delinii leaves, bark and leaves of Acacia nilotica were dried.