cactus

noun
cac·​tus | \ ˈkak-təs \
plural cacti\ ˈkak-​ˌtī , -​(ˌ)tē \ or cactuses also cactus

Definition of cactus

: 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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The combatants include a gunslinger with big sideburns, a sentient cactus, and a girl in a bear suit. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Supercell’s new game mixes Fortnite and Clash Royale, and it’s out soon," 14 Nov. 2018 Thousands of cactuses and succulents on sale, including rare, colorful and sculptural varieties. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "It's spring gardening season: 12 plant sales to get you digging," 22 Mar. 2018 But certain factors can help (or hinder) your Christmas cactus's potential. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming the Whole Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2018 Here's how to grow and propagate your Christmas cactus. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christmas Cactus Care: Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday Plant," 1 Aug. 2018 Please try to learn the name of your cactus or succulent and look it up online. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 The buildings designed by painter and architect Juan O'Gorman are surrounded by tall cactuses and located a block from the San Angel Inn, a popular restaurant. Anita Snow, chicagotribune.com, "On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City," 23 Feb. 2018 The four bedrooms and galley kitchen are fairly basic, but a private casita boasts on-point mountain views and the outdoor area includes a mature cactus garden, spa, and pool. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cheery midcentury modern in Palm Springs wants $659K," 10 Oct. 2018 How to replant your succulent: Remove picking material from the root Replant in a garden or pot using cactus soil Place in the sun Water only when the soil is dry (approx. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Succulent Bouquets Will Convince You To Treat Yo'Self To Some Flowers," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cactus

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cactus

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

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cactus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cactus

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

cactus

noun
cac·​tus | \ ˈkak-təs \
plural cacti\ -​ˌtī , -​tē \ or cactuses

Kids Definition of cactus

: 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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