noun opun·tia \ō-ˈpən(t)-sh(ē-)ə\

Definition of opuntia

  1. :  any of a large genus (Opuntia) of American cacti with usually yellow flowers and flat or terete joints usually studded with tubercles bearing spines or prickly hairs — compare cholla, prickly pear

Origin and Etymology of opuntia

Latin, a plant, from feminine of opuntius of Opus, from Opunt-, Opus Opus, ancient city in Greece

First Known Use: 1601

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