barrel cactus


Definition of barrel cactus

: any of a genus (Ferocactus) of nearly globular deeply ribbed spiny cacti of Mexico and the adjacent U.S. also : any of several similar cacti (genus Echinocactus)

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Recent Examples on the Web Southwest To make an impact, cluster together barrel cactus—including red-spined Ferocactus pringlei and yellow-spined Echinocactus grusonii. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Barrel cactus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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