nopal


no·pal

noun \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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Nopalea
Previous Word in the Dictionary: NOP
All Words Near: nopal

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up nopal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More