organ pipe cactus


: any of several tall upright cacti (such as Sternocereus thurberi) of the southwestern U.S. and adjacent Mexico that usually branch at the base to form several upright stems

Examples of organ pipe cactus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also of note: the Sonoran Desert Nature Trail, which offers sweeping mountain views complete with telescopes and an organ pipe cactus forest. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 Stroll through Desert Botanical Garden’s trails to see the Sonoran Desert’s plant life, including an organ pipe cactus forest, desert wildflowers and towering saguaros. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 20 Jan. 2023 In the photo above, Britton is pictured among specimens of the organ pipe cactus (Lemaireocereus hystrix), on a Botanical Garden expedition to the base. Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2010 Those are saguaros and organ pipe cactus the bats visit during their migration north from central and southern Mexico each summer. Kendal Blust, azcentral, 18 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of organ pipe cactus was in 1908

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“Organ pipe cactus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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