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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-.]
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(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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
[9] I found here a species of cactus, described by Professor Henslow, under the name of Opuntia Darwinii (Magazine of Zoology and Botany, vol.
Se le encuentra creciendo frecuentemente sobre especies de los generos Opuntia, Phytolacca y Yucca y, en Mexico, se ha reportado casi siempre asociado a plantas vivas de Agave spp., emergiendo de entre las hojas secas por la base de la planta (Montoya et al., 2003; Camacho et al., 2012; Romero et al., 2012).
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Son, "Opuntia humifusa stems lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels in streptozotocininduced diabetic rats," Nutrition Research, vol.
[12.] Tegegne F, Peters KJ and C Kijora Current uses of Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) as forage in Northern Ethiopia and Farmers' Indigenous Knowledge on its utilization.
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.
An interesting Cyprus connection is that Shikimic Acid is to be found in two of our native plants, Pistacia lentiscus, the mastic tree, and Opuntia ficus-indica, the prickly pear.
The method entails topically applying to inflamed skin, a composition comprising 0.01wt.% to 0.5wt.% of an aqueous extract of Opuntia ficus-indica tuna, Opuntia ficus-indica nopales, or a combination thereof to reduce TNF-[alpha] or VEGF production in skin cells to treat the inflamed skin, wherein the composition further comprises at least 50wt.% water.
Others are Grewia pubescens (Afoforo); Heliotropium indicum (Ogberi-akuko); Ipomoea involucrate (Alukerese); Jatropha curcas (physic nut, Botuje or lapalapa); Jatropha gossypiifolia (wild cassava or Botuje pupa); Musanga cecreopioides (umbrella tree or Aga); Opuntia dillenii (prickly pear or Oro agogo); leaves of Portulaca oleraceae (Esinsan-Omode) and sugarcane.