Definition of cactus
cactiplay \-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\ or
: 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)
Recent Examples of cactus from the Web
Trudi’s 27-year-old daughter, Olivia, and their Weimaraner dogs, Luna and Hershey, accompany us on a ride through the high desert of cactus, mesquite, aromatic wormwood and desert lavender.
The dairy-free dessert is made with flavors of cactus and lime and topped with a sprinkle of tajin, a mixture of dry chile peppers, lime and salt.
The game’s early moments take you on a few horse rides that, not coincidentally, place you in front of some gorgeous vistas, overlooking vast mountains and ranges of cacti.
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Origin and Etymology of cactus
New Latin, genus name, from Latin, cardoon, from Greek kaktos
First Known Use: 1738See Words from the same year
CACTUS Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of cactus for Students
cacti\-ˌtī, -tē\ or
: 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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