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nopal

noun no·pal \nō-ˈpäl, -ˈpal; ˈnō-pəl\
plural nopals or no·pal·es \nō-ˈpä-lās, -ˈpa-\

Definition of NOPAL

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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