nopal

noun
no·​pal | \nō-ˈpäl, -ˈpal;ˈnō-pəl \
plural nopals or nopales\nō-​ˈpä-​lās, -​ˈpa-​ \

Definition of nopal 

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

First Known Use of nopal

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nopal

Spanish, from Nahuatl nohpalli

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