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prickly pear

n.
1. Any of various opuntias having bristly, flattened stem segments, often colorful flowers, and ovoid prickly fruit.
2. The edible fruit of certain of these cactuses.

prickly pear

n
1. (Plants) any of various tropical cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened or cylindrical spiny joints and oval fruit that is edible in some species. See also cholla, nopal2
2. (Plants) the fruit of any of these plants

prick′ly pear′


n.
1. any of numerous cacti of the genus Opuntia, having flattened, usu. spiny stem joints, yellow, orange, or reddish flowers, and ovoid, often edible fruit.
2. the usu. prickly fruit of such a cactus.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prickly pear - cacti having spiny flat joints and oval fruit that is edible in some speciesprickly pear - cacti having spiny flat joints and oval fruit that is edible in some species; often used as food for stock
prickly pear - round or pear-shaped spiny fruit of any of various prickly pear cacti
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Opuntia, Opuntia - large genus of cactuses native to America: prickly pears
nopal, Opuntia lindheimeri - cactus having yellow flowers and purple fruits
Opuntia tuna, tuna - tropical American prickly pear of Jamaica
2.prickly pear - round or pear-shaped spiny fruit of any of various prickly pear cacti
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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
Translations
opuncie
Kaktusfeige
higo chumbotuna
fico d'India

prickly pear

n (plant, fruit) → fico d'India
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Se denomina tuna al fruto del genero Opuntia (familia Cactaceae) y se le conoce tambien con los nombres de cactus pear, prickly pear y fico d'india.