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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.
Opuntias are grown on small farms and harvested in the wild on more than 3 million hectares, and increasingly grown using drip irrigation techniques on smallholder farms as a primary or supplemental crop.
000 ha dedies a ce fruit, le reste des opuntias etant cultive dans les communes d'Ouled Mimoune, Taoura, Drea, Ouilene, ainsi que pres de la localite d'Ouled Abbas, sur les limites de la wilaya de Tebessa ou un marche de gros de ce fruit a ete ouvert a Ouenza.
As you become more familiar with the many Opuntias, you'll see that some of the pads are less spiny than others, and therefore easier to collect, clean, and work with.
You can have a little of the Americas in your home or garden by growing opuntias.
Anderson, in his reply, noted that "the tender leaves of the Kew and Manilla [sic] Opuntias, have lately been added to the Curries distributed to the Native poor here, which several hundreds of them have eaten with so much satisfaction.
The same laws hold true with the improved Opuntias, but fortunately they can be raised from cuttings in any quantity with the utmost ease.
cactorum as a biological control agent in Australia and South Africa required disseminating large numbers of eggs into the field where invasive opuntias were present.
But planting in the glazed entrance hall is bizarrely exotic, with opuntias and yuccas dominated by an Australian black boy throwing strange shadows onto the vertical Devon earth.
Then again, since these opuntias are growing up and down the slopes of a hill, movement of the fruits downhill, whether simply by gravity or in rivulets of rainwater, could also explain the cactus's proliferation.
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].