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1. A night-blooming climbing cactus (Hylocereus undatus) native to Mexico and Central America, cultivated in tropical regions for its edible fruit.
2. The fruit of this plant, having red skin covered with large scales and white or pink flesh containing small black seeds. In both senses also called pitahaya.
[Perhaps partial translation of Chinese terms such as Mandarin huǒlóngguǒ, fire dragon fruit (so called from the appearance of the pads and fruit of the cacti) : huǒlóng, fire dragon (huǒ, fire + lóng, dragon) + guǒ, fruit.]
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(Botany) another name for pitahaya
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