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saguaro

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noun sa·gua·ro \sə-ˈwär-ə, -ˈgwär-, -ō\

Definition of saguaro

plural sa·gua·ros

  1. :  a tall columnar usually sparsely-branched cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) of dry areas of the southwestern United States and Mexico that bears white flowers and a scaly reddish edible fruit and that may attain a height of up to 50 feet (16 meters) —called also giant cactus



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Origin of saguaro

Mexican Spanish, probably from Ópata (Uto-Aztecan language of Sonora, Mexico)


First Known Use: 1856

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