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cholla

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noun chol·la \ˈchȯi-yə\

Definition of cholla

  1. :  any of numerous shrubby opuntias chiefly of the southwestern United States and Mexico that have needlelike spines partly enclosed in a papery sheath and cylindrical joints —called also cholla cactus



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Origin of cholla

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, head


First Known Use: 1846

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