prickly pear


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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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Translations
opuncie
Kaktusfeige
higo chumbotuna
fico d'India

prickly pear

n (plant, fruit) → fico d'India
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The plain, too, abounded with the prickly pear, which wounded his naked feet.
Even should he elude his pursuers, days must elapse before he could reach this post, during which he must traverse immense prairies destitute of shade, his naked body exposed to the burning heat of the sun by day, and the dews and chills of the night season, and his feet lacerated by the thorns of the prickly pear. Though he might see game in abundance around him, he had no means of killing any for his sustenance, and must depend for food upon the roots of the earth.
There is a green fringe of palm and prickly pear round the black mouth of the well; but nothing of the upper masonry remains except two bulky and battered stones standing like the pillars of a gateway of nowhere, in which some of the more transcendental archaeologists, in certain moods at moonrise or sunset, think they can trace the faint lines of figures or features of more than Babylonian monstrosity; while the more rationalistic archaeologists, in the more rational hours of daylight, see nothing but two shapeless rocks.
We jogged along peacefully over the great caravan route from Damascus to Jerusalem and Egypt, past Lubia and other Syrian hamlets, perched, in the unvarying style, upon the summit of steep mounds and hills, and fenced round about with giant cactuses, (the sign of worthless land,) with prickly pears upon them like hams, and came at last to the battle-field of Hattin.
Prickly Pear Oil has been used by Berber women for centuries to help protect their skin against the desert winds.
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I'd be hunting in classic desert country: towering saguaros on hillsides stand watch over steep, rocky canyons filled with mesquite trees, ocotillo, cholla, and prickly pear cactus.