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

Word History


from its annual blooming around Christmastime

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Christmas cactus was in 1880

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“Christmas cactus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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Christmas cactus

: a branching Brazilian cactus with flat stems and showy flowers
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