Definition of cladode in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkleɪdəʊd/


A flattened leaf-like stem.
Example sentences
  • At the time of anthesis, 80 flowers growing on 16 terminal cladodes (five flowers per cladode, with all additional flowers removed) were marked for growth measurements (the ‘control’).
  • For instance, the Aztecs prized the rich red color extracted from the dried bodies of insects that were raised on cladodes (leaf-like branches) of many species of prickly-pear cacti.
  • Opuntia robusta var. robusta is a perennial shrubby cactus with a poorly defined trunk made up of thick, orbicular, bluish-green cladodes.


Late 19th century: from Greek kladōdēs 'with many shoots', from klados 'shoot'.

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