Definition of nopal
plural nopals or no·pal·es play \nō-ˈpä-lās, -ˈpa-\
1 : any of a genus (Nopalea) of cacti of Mexico and Central America that differ from the prickly pears in having erect petals and scarlet flowers with the stamens much longer than the petals; broadly : prickly pear
2 : a fleshy young tender stem segment of the prickly pear cactus (especially Opuntia ficus-indica) or the nopal cactus used as food
Origin of nopal
Spanish, from Nahuatl nohpalli
First Known Use: 1730
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Spanish Central: Translation of "nopal"
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