prickly pear

noun

Definition of prickly pear

  1. 1 or prickly pear cactus :  opuntia; especially :  an opuntia with flattened, usually paddle-shaped, jointed stem segments — compare cholla, nopal

  2. 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 2tuna

Illustration of prickly pear

1696

First Known Use of prickly pear

1696


PRICKLY PEAR Defined for English Language Learners

prickly pear

noun

Definition of prickly pear for English Language Learners

  • : a cactus that has yellow flowers and fruits shaped like pears; also : the fruit of this plant


PRICKLY PEAR Defined for Kids

prickly pear

noun

Definition of prickly pear for Students

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



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