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noun, no·pal \nō-ˈpäl, -ˈpal; ˈnō-pəl\

Definition of nopal

plural nopals or nopales play \nō-ˈpä-lās, -ˈpa-\

  1. 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. 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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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "nopal"

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