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cactus

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noun, cac·tus \ˈkak-təs\

Simple Definition of cactus

  • : a plant that lives in the desert and that has many sharp points (called spines)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cactus

plural cacti play \-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\ or cactuses also cactus

  1. :  any of a family (Cactaceae, the cactus family) of plants that have succulent stems and branches with scales or spines instead of leaves and are found especially in dry areas (as deserts)

Origin of cactus

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cardoon, from Greek kaktos


First Known Use: 1767

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CACTUS Defined for Kids

cactus

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noun cac·tus \ˈkak-təs\

Definition of cactus for Students

plural cacti \-ˌtī, -tē\ or cactuses

  1. :  any of a large group of flowering plants of dry regions that have thick juicy stems and branches with scales or spines




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