Definition of opuntia in English:

opuntia

Syllabification: o·pun·tia
Pronunciation: /ōˈpənSH(ē)ə
 
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noun

  • A cactus of a genus that comprises the prickly pears.
    • Genus Opuntia, family Cactaceae
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    • In contrast to cultivated opuntias, wild opuntias generally do not develop young cladodes when extreme drought conditions prevail; this has been considered an avoidance strategy to prevent water loss.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin, a name given to a plant growing around Opus (stem Opunt-), a city in Locris in ancient Greece. The term was later used as a genus name.

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