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 (nō-päl′, nō′pəl)
n. pl. no·pal·es (-pä′lĕs) also no·pals (-pəlz)
1. Any of various cacti having edible stems, especially the prickly pears.
2. The fleshy, oval, edible pad of such a cactus.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl nohpalli.]


1. (Plants) any of various cactuses of the genus Nopalea, esp the red-flowered N. cochinellifera, which is a host plant of the cochineal insect
2. (Plants) a cactus, Opuntia lindheimeri, having yellow flowers and purple fruits. See also prickly pear
[C18: from Spanish, from Nahuatl nopálli cactus]


(ˈnoʊ pəl, noʊˈpɑl, -ˈpæl)

1. any of several cacti of the genus Nopalea, resembling the prickly pear.
2. the fruit of such a cactus.
[1720–30; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl nohpalli]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nopal - cactus having yellow flowers and purple fruitsnopal - cactus having yellow flowers and purple fruits
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
2.nopal - any of several cacti of the genus Nopalea resembling prickly pears
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Nopalea, Nopalea - a genus of the cactus family with scarlet flowers
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In the first method, the picker grabs the ripe tuna and detaches it from the cactus pad by twisting it off gently, taking care not to damage the connection point to the cladode.
As the ground freezes, preventing roots from drawing in more water, the sap becomes more concentrated, lowering the freezing point of the cactus pad and acting as an effective antifreeze.
Yet her groups and combinations here showed her attention falling, for example, on the visual rub between a segment of prickled cactus pad and a near-abstract rectangle of muscled skin; on echoing shapes in a penis and a jack-in-the-pulpit flower, in winding plant stems and curled-up toes and feet; in rhymes across the room between sculptured heads in black bronze and white marble.
According to long-standing traditions throughout northern Mexico, eating the young prickly pear cactus pad (once the stickers are removed) is said to help with diabetes.
Newly emerged (<24 h-old) virgin adult males were placed individually in rectangular plastic containers (30 x 20 x 10 cm) containing a clean uninfested cactus pad of Opuntia stricta (Haworth) Haworth.
Behind its sharp and hazardous spines, the cactus pad is crisp, with a pleasant, tart flavor similar to that of green beans.
If the cactus pad has spines or prickly hairs, hold the pad with tongs and use a knife to scrape them off (wear gloves).
1, a cargo shipment of cactus pads and prickly pear fruits entered the Otay Mesa cargo facility and was referred for an agriculture examination.