nopal

noun no·pal \ nō-ˈpäl , -ˈpal ; ˈnō-pəl \

Definition of nopal

plural nopals or nopales play \nō-ˈpä-lās, -ˈpa-\
1 :any of a genus (Nopalea) of cacti of Mexico and Central America that differ from the prickly pears in having erect petals and scarlet flowers with the stamens much longer than the petals; broadly :prickly pear
2 :a fleshy young tender stem segment of the prickly pear cactus (especially Opuntia ficus-indica) or the nopal cactus used as food

Origin and Etymology of nopal

Spanish, from Nahuatl nohpalli


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