Christmas cactus


Definition of Christmas cactus

: a branching Brazilian cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii synonym S. buckleyi) having flat jointed stems with scalloped margins and showy usually red, pink, white, violet, or yellow flowers also : a related cactus (Schlumbergera truncata synonym Zygocactus truncatus) or a hybrid of this and the Christmas cactus

First Known Use of Christmas cactus

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Christmas cactus

from its annual blooming around Christmastime

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The first known use of Christmas cactus was in 1880

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3 Sep 2020

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“Christmas cactus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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