bisnaga

noun bis·na·ga \biˈsnägə\
variants: less commonly

biznaga

\biˈsnägə\

Definition of bisnaga

plural

-s

  1. :  any of several thorny cacti of the genera Ferocactus and Echinocactus (especially F. peninsulae of Lower California and adjacent regions)

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Origin and Etymology of bisnaga

Spanish biznaga, probably by folk etymology (influence of biznaga parsnip, from Arabic bastīnāj, bashnāqah, from Latin pastinaca) from earlier vitznauac, from Nahuatl huitz-nahuac, literally, surrounded by thorns, from huitztli thorn + nahuac around


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