prickly pear


Definition of prickly pear

1 or prickly pear cactus : opuntia especially : an opuntia with flattened, usually paddle-shaped, jointed stem segments — compare cholla, nopal
2 or prickly pear fruit : the pulpy, pear- or egg-shaped, edible, yellow to purplish-red fruit of various prickly pears (such as Opuntia ficus-indica) — see tuna entry 2

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Examples of prickly pear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prickly pear sorbet is another vegan option, sweet yet tart. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 From the bar menu, try the wings, which are braised in spicy prickly pear cactus juice. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 4 Dec. 2018 Beyond, a circular area is planted with prickly pear cacti, Turk’s cap and other xerophytes. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 27 June 2022 The Christophe Robin Regenerating Serum is powered by prickly pear seed oil—an ingredient rich in omegas and fatty acids to strengthen and nourish from within. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2022 Poco Poco, one of the coast's oldest produce sellers, chatted with customers amid boxes of prickly pear and green chicory stacked shoulder-high and spilling out into the street. Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2022 This project sports pinks and purples and highlights some Arizona favorites: a prickly pear cactus and a large quail. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 7 June 2022 Ambrosial Pineapple Lavender Martini with savory Acapulco Sunset or zero-proof Tropical Hurricane with prickly pear, mango and rosemary. Robin Soslow, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 Designed to soothe stressed skin (through a cocktail of prickly pear, white sage, aloe vera, and broad-spectrum SPF 30), apply a bit with your fingers to even skin tone or use your favorite brush to actually cover discoloration. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prickly pear

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prickly pear was in 1696

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10 Aug 2022

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Kids Definition of prickly pear

: a cactus with flat branching spiny stems and a sweet fruit shaped like a pear

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