Ferocactus

noun Fer·o·cac·tus \ˌferəˈkaktəs, ˌfir-\

Definition of Ferocactus

  1. :  a genus of nearly globular deeply ribbed cacti of Mexico and the adjacent U.S. having numerous spines, large funnel-shaped flowers, and dry fruits

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Origin and Etymology of ferocactus

New Latin, from fero- (from Latin ferus wild, fierce) + cactus


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