Prickly pear

Definition of Prickly pear

(Bot.) a name given to several plants of the cactaceous genus Opuntia, American plants consisting of fleshy, leafless, usually flattened, and often prickly joints inserted upon each other. The sessile flowers have many petals and numerous stamens. The edible fruit is a large pear-shaped berry containing many flattish seeds. The common species of the Northern Atlantic States is Opuntia vulgaris. In the South and West are many others, and in tropical America more than a hundred more. Opuntia vulgaris, Opuntia Ficus-Indica, and Opuntia Tuna are abundantly introduced in the Mediterranean region, and Opuntia Dillenii has become common in India.

See also: Prickly

Related Words

cactus, genus Opuntia, nopal, Opuntia, Opuntia lindheimeri, Opuntia tuna, prickly pear cactus, tuna
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