cactus

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noun cac·tus \ˈkak-təs\

Definition of cactus

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cacti

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cactuses

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cactus

  1. :  any of a family (Cactaceae, the cactus family) of plants that have succulent stems and branches with scales or spines instead of leaves and are found especially in dry areas (such as deserts)

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Origin and Etymology of cactus

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cardoon, from Greek kaktos


First Known Use: 1738

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CACTUS Defined for English Language Learners

cactus

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Definition of cactus for English Language Learners

  • : a plant that lives in the desert and that has many sharp points (called spines)


CACTUS Defined for Kids

cactus

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noun cac·tus \ˈkak-təs\

Definition of cactus for Students

plural

cacti

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cactuses

  1. :  any of a large group of flowering plants of dry regions that have thick juicy stems and branches with scales or spines



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