1A cactus with jointed stems and oval flattened segments, having barbed bristles and large pear-shaped, prickly fruits.
- Genus Opuntia, family Cactaceae: several species, in particular O. humifusa of North America and O. ficus-indica, which is cultivated for its fruit and has become naturalized in the Mediterranean.
- We are rich with saguaros, prickly pear, and cholla cacti, and palo verde, and mesquite trees.
- But still you'd bump into a prickly pear or cholla cactus and have to stop and pull the thorns out of person's leg or shoe.
- In the gardens are lemon and lime trees, prickly pear cactus plants, fig trees and ornamental palms.
1.1The edible orange or red fruit of the prickly pear.
- I stole a pumpkin a few days back from the garden… It's feeding me, as are chard and avocados, a few prickly pears, and oranges.
- And what about Mexico, where eighty species of Opuntia support a cochineal dye industry and are the source of edible prickly pear fruit?
- Among the other hits here are a graceful Caesar salad and a first course of lean, intense boar ribs perched over an interesting, not sickeningly sweet glaze infused with juice from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus.
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