bis·​na·​ga | \ biˈsnägə \
variants: or less commonly biznaga \ biˈsnägə \
plural -s

Definition of bisnaga

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

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History and Etymology for 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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