noun (plural nopales /-ˈpäles/)
a cactus that is a major food plant of the bugs from which cochineal is obtained.
- Genus Nopalea, family Cactaceae: several species, in particular N. cochinellifera
) the edible fleshy pads of the nopal cactus, used as a staple in Mexican cuisine.
the prickly pear cactus, when used in food supplements and herbal preparations.