noun (plural cacti /-tī/ /-tē/ or cactuses)
A succulent plant with a thick, fleshy stem that typically bears spines, lacks leaves, and has brilliantly colored flowers. Cacti are native to arid regions of the New World and are cultivated elsewhere, especially as houseplants.
- Family Cactaceae: numerous genera and species
- We are rich with saguaros, prickly pear, and cholla cacti, and paloverde, and mesquite trees.
- Prickly pear cacti and large agave succulents, introduced from Mexico, grow everywhere in the north of the island.
- Scaling and barking injuries occur on stem surfaces of saguaro cacti.
- Example sentences
- Named in honor of the French scholar Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, the genus Pereskia boasts the unique characteristic of being one of the few cactaceous genera to bear true leaves.
- The most common of these is E. canariensis with the classic cactaceous habit.
- If you wish to camp, hike or simply to spend a day afield between encino forests and pine and cactaceous scrubs, you may see some deer, wild burro, pumas, cats, coyotes, bald eagles and a diverse selection of snakes.
Early 17th century (in the sense 'cardoon'): from Latin, from Greek kaktos 'cardoon'.
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