Definition of saguaro in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈ(ɡ)wärō/
(also saguaro cactus)

noun (plural saguaros)

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A giant cactus that can grow to 66 feet (20 m) in height and whose branches are shaped like candelabra, native to Mexico and the southwestern US. Its reddish-purple fruit can be used for food and drink.
  • Carnegiea gigantea, family Cactaceae.
Example sentences
  • The phrase ‘lush desert’ may reek of oxymoron, but in springtime the Sonoran - with its massive saguaros and organ-pipe cacti, as well as Mexican gold poppies, magenta owl clover, and indigo desert lupine - is just that.
  • We are rich with saguaros, prickly pear, and cholla cacti, and palo verde, and mesquite trees.
  • During this period, the species feeds on the nectar and pollen of flowering saguaros and organ pipe cactus, contributing to the successful pollination of these succulents.


Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish.

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Syllabification: sa·gua·ro

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